Stocks open higher after six days of declines

NEW YORK • Encouraging news from Europe and China sent the stock market higher in early trading despite another batch of bleak earnings from retailers. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 36 points, or 0.2 percent, to 14,933 shortly after the market opened Thursday. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed nine points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,651. The Nasdaq composite gained 29 points, or 0.8 percent, to 3,628. China’s manufacturing slowdown stabilized in August, a survey showed. In Europe...

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