In commodities, crude oil was gaining $1.43 to $62.20 a barrel. Gold was adding $9.90 to $742.10 an ounce.
Longer-dated U.S. Treasury securities were mixed. The 10-year note was flat in price, yielding 3.69%, and the 30-year was adding 2/32 to yield 4.10%. The dollar was softening vs. its major foreign competitors.
European stock indices, such as the FTSE in London and the DAX in Frankfurt, were working their way higher. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei closed on the downside, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng finished with gains.