U.S. financial markets are moving higher in midday trading, with health care stocks among the biggest gainers.
Some encouraging news from Japan and Germany also helped lift markets.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added eight points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,049 as of 11:55 a.m. Eastern time.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 40 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 17,688. The Nasdaq composite gained 25 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 4,696.
Nokia rose 4 per cent after the Finnish technology company said it would introduce a tablet computer that runs the Android operating system.
Urban Outfitters sank 9 per cent after its latest quarterly earnings missed analysts’ forecasts.
The price of oil fell $1.21 to $74.44 a barrel in New York. That helped send energy stocks lower.