(Reuters) – U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday as Disney’s surprise quarterly profit and a slate of upbeat results from healthcare companies lifted sentiment ahead of service sector data.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 96.31 points, or 0.36%, at the open to 26,924.78.

The S&P 500 .SPX opened higher by 13.75 points, or 0.42%, at 3,320.26. The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC gained 26.71 points, or 0.24%, to 10,967.87 at the opening bell.

Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V

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