Wall Street rises slightly at opening

  • Healthcare leads the gains on Wednesday.
  • Financials underperform, cap S&P's upside.

Although major equity indexes in the United States started the day slightly higher on Wednesday, the trading activity is likely to remain subdued with the trading volume remaining low following the Christmas break.

The S&P 500 Health Care Sector (SPXHC) is leading the gains with a 0.22% daily rise while the S&P 500 Information Technology Sector (SPLRCT) is adding 0.12%. The positive impact of these sectors on the indices, however, is offset by a 0.2% drop witnessed in the S&P 500 Financials Sector (SPSY). In the meantime, despite crude oil's recent rally, the S&P 500 Energy Sector (SPNY) is down 0.1% at the moment.

On the other hand, Britain's UK FTSE 100 Index recently refreshed its record high at 7,622 as it added 0.4%.

As of writing, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 7.5 points, or 0.03%, at 24,738.62, the S&P 500 was up 1.5 points, or 0.06%, at 2,688.25 and the Nasdaq Composite was gaining 11.5 points, or 0.17%, at 6,947.77.

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