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Stocks are opening higher, but coronavirus help is at stake

Equities open higher, but coronavirus aid is up for discussion US shares opened slightly higher Monday, supported by positive company news, but with a cautious view of Washington, where stimulus aid efforts have made little progress. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA,
+ 0.43%
146 points, 0.6%, added to open near 26.575, while the S&P 500 SPX,
+ 0.47%
rose 18 points or 0.6%, opening near 3,290. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP,
+ 1.12%
opened near 10,849, an increase of 103 points or 1%. Microsoft Corp. MSFT,
+ 4.53%
confirmed his interest in buying the US unit of the controversial Chinese social media app TikTok and shares of Clorox Company CLX,
recovered after reporting gains that exceeded expectations and benefited from a germ-conscious audience in the coronavirus pandemic. But in Washington, Democrats and Republicans remained at odds after another round of stimulus, even after unemployment benefits had passed, many analysts think they helped avert a worst-case scenario for the economy.