Stocks open higher on Wall Street

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 15 points, or 0.6%, to 2,671 as of 11:20 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 179 points, or 0.7%, to 24,539. The Nasdaq ticked up 19 points, or 0.3%, to 7,125. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 7 points, or 0.5%, to 1,557.