US open: Slight gains ahead of ISM manufacturing survey

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LONDON (ShareCast) - The main US equity benchmarks have opened higher, with very slight gains to be seen in the Dow Jones Industrials, the Nasdaq Composite (Nasdaq: ^IXIC - news) and the S&P 500 (SNP: ^GSPC - news) . That ahead of the 'first-tier' economic indicators due out in half an hour´s time and speeches from several Fed speakers. The company news-flow is somewhat hard to read, with mixed or lower than expected results from the likes of Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE: ADM - news) and Hospira (NYSE: HSP - news) , while pharmaceutical sector heavyweight Pfizer (BSE: PFIZERSL.BO - news) has lowered its full year view on earnings and revenues. Sears and Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK - news) on the other hand are sporting large gains at the start of trading. Several Fed speakers slated to speak Markets are anxiously awaiting the release of the latest ISM manufacturing sector purchasing managers´ survey, as well as the most recent report on construction spending from the Commerce Department, both at 3PM. Several Fed Presidents are slated to speak today, including those of the Federal Reserve of New York (Frankfurt: A0DKRK - news) (4PM), Atlanta (BSE: ATLANTA.BO - news) (5:30PM) and Philadelphia (8PM). Other asset classes steady ahead of data releases Front month West Texas crude futures are down by 0.21% to the $104.65/barrel mark in NYMEX trading. 10 year US Treasuries are rising by 2/32 dollars, with yields at 1.91%. S&P 500 - Risers Sunoco Inc (NYSE: SUN - news) . (SUN) $49.29 +20.48% Expedia Inc (NasdaqGS: EXPE - news) . (EXPE) $42.65 +5.81% Sprint Nxtel Corp. (S) $2.48 +5.08% Harman International Industries Inc. (HAR) $49.58 +4.91% Cerner Corp (Dusseldorf: CRE.DU - news) . (CERN) $81.11 +4.64% Range Resources Corp (NYSE: RRC - news) . (RRC) $66.66 +4.30% EQT Corp. (EQT (Dusseldorf: EQ6.DU - news) ) $49.82 +4.16% Metropcs Communications Inc (NYSE: PCS - news) . (PCS) $7.30 +4.14% Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) $18.44 +4.06% Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (COG) $35.14 +4.00% S&P 500 - Fallers Humana Inc (NYSE: HUM - news) . (HUM) $80.68 -8.13% NYSE Euronext Inc. (NYX) $25.75 -4.88% Monster Worldwide Inc (NYSE: MWW - news) . (MWW) $8.63 -4.85% Netflix Inc (NasdaqGS: NFLX - news) . (NFLX) $80.14 -4.30% Supervalu Inc (NYSE: SVU - news) . (SVU) $5.94 -3.26% Apple Inc (NasdaqGS: AAPL - news) . (AAPL) $583.98 -3.15% Unitedhealth Group Inc (NYSE: UNH - news) . (UNH) $56.15 -3.04% Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) $10.98 -3.00% CBS Corp (NYSE: RBV - news) . (CBS) $33.38 -2.77% Ford Motor Co. (F) $11.28 -2.76% Dow Jones I.A - Risers Merck (Xetra: A0YD8Q - news) & Co. Inc. (MRK) $39.24 +2.03% Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT) $39.87 +1.19% Cisco Systems Inc (NasdaqGS: CSCO - news) . (CSCO) $20.16 +0.88% AT&T Inc. (T) $32.91 +0.73% Travelers Company Inc. (TRV) $64.32 +0.48% Johnson & Johnson (TLO: JNJ-U.TI - news) (JNJ) $65.10 +0.40% Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) $40.38 +0.37% Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX - news) . (CVX) $106.56 +0.34% Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM - news) . (XOM) $86.34 +0.30% International Business Machines Corp. (IBM (NYSE: IBM - news) ) $207.08 +0.13% Dow Jones I.A - Fallers Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT - news) . (CAT) $102.77 -1.71% Bank of America Corp (NYSE: IKJ - news) . (BAC) $8.11 -1.70% Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) $63.64 -1.24% General Electric Co. (GE) $19.58 -1.01% JP Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) $42.98 -0.83% Pfizer Inc. (PFE) $22.90 -0.78% Boeing Co (NYSE: BA - news) . (BA) $76.80 -0.61% Walt Disney Co. (DIS (SNP: ^DISY - news) ) $43.11 -0.55% E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) $53.46 -0.48% United Technologies Corp. (UTX) $81.64 -0.44% Nasdaq 100 (Nasdaq: ^NDX - news) - Risers Warner Chilcott Plc (WCRX) $21.81 +16.07% Expedia Inc. (EXPE) $42.65 +5.81% Cerner Corp. (CERN) $81.11 +4.64% Seagate Technology Plc (STX (KSE: 011810.KS - news) ) $30.76 +3.99% Amazon.Com Inc. (AMZN) $231.90 +2.23% Research in Motion Ltd. (RIMM) $14.30 +1.92% CH Robinson Worldwide Inc (NasdaqGS: CHRW - news) (CHRW) $59.74 +1.22% Qiagen N.V. (QGEN) $16.73 +0.90% Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) $20.16 +0.88% Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) $15.01 +0.81% Nasdaq 100 - Fallers Hologic Inc (NasdaqGS: HOLX - news) . (HOLX) $19.12 -9.94% Apple Inc. (AAPL) $583.98 -3.15% Staples Inc (NasdaqGS: SPLS - news) . (SPLS) $15.40 -2.28% Fastenal Co (NasdaqGS: FAST - news) . (FAST) $46.82 -1.82% FLIR Systems Inc (NasdaqGS: FLIR - news) . (FLIR) $22.46 -1.79% PACCAR Inc (NasdaqGS: PCAR - news) . (PCAR) $42.95 -1.78% Mylan Inc (NasdaqCM: MYLNG - news) . (MYL) $21.69 -1.77% Google Inc (NasdaqGS: GOOG - news) . (GOOG) $604.85 -1.65% Apollo Group Inc. (APOL) $35.22 -1.57% Sandisk Corp (NasdaqGS: SNDK - news) . (SNDK) $37.00 -1.54% AB