Looking at the day's economic data, the Census Bureau is set to release its look at September factory orders.

In the realm of commodities, crude oil was rising $1.99 to $65.90 a barrel. Gold was adding $18.10 to $744.90 an ounce.

Longer-dated U.S. Treasury securities were mixed. The 10-year was adding 2/32 to yield 3.9%, and the 30-year was lower by 10/32, yielding 4.34%. The dollar was rising vs. the yen but declining against the euro and pound.

Overseas, European exchanges, including the FTSE in London and the Dax in Frankfurt, were broadly trading higher. As for Asian stocks, Japan's Nikkei and Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed higher.

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