Policy: Economy

US stocks move higher after holiday weekend

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Photo - FILE - This March 4, 2013 photo shows a sign for Wall Street on the side of building near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stocks rose Tuesday, May 27, 2014, after the government reported that orders for big-ticket items rose unexpectedly last month. Hillshire Brands jumped after poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride offered to buy the meat producer. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE - This March 4, 2013 photo shows a sign for Wall Street on the side of building near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stocks rose Tuesday, May 27, 2014, after the government reported that orders for big-ticket items rose unexpectedly last month. Hillshire Brands jumped after poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride offered to buy the meat producer. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is moving higher as traders return from a long holiday weekend.

Investors were encouraged by a report that orders for big-ticket items unexpectedly rose last month and an increase in consumer confidence.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose eight points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,908 as of midday Eastern Time Tuesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 64 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,671. The Nasdaq composite rose 36 points, or 0.9 percent, to 4,222.

U.S. markets were closed Monday for Memorial Day.

Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage, jumped 22 percent after poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride offered to acquire the company.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.53 percent.

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