S&P 500 index crosses 1,700 points for first time
NEW YORK - Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index above 1,700 points for the first time.
Big sales numbers from automakers and an improving jobs picture are sending the stock market higher in early trading Thursday.
Shortly after trading opened, the S&P 500 index was up 14 points at 1,700, a gain of 0.9 percent.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 128 points, or 0.8 percent, at 15,628.
Both indexes are trading at record levels.
July was the best month for the stock market since January.