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Dow Jones Industrial Average

Last Updated at 14 Dec 2017, 21:00 GMT *Chart shows local time Dow Jones intraday chart
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Walt Disney Co.

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Merck & Co. Inc.

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Nasdaq Index

6856.53 -
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S&P 500 Cash Index - Chicago Mercantile Exchange

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-10.84
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-0.41

(Open): US stocks are higher as a positive outlook from tech giant Intel and merger news offset worry about sectarian conflict in Iraq.

The Dow Jones rose 17.47 points, or 0.10%, to 16,751.66, the S&P 500 was 2.55 points, or 0.13% higher, to 1,932.66,.

Meanwhile the Nasdaq gained 14.79 points, 0.34% to 4,312.42.

Investors kept a close eye on Iraq, as a push by militants towards Baghdad lifted oil prices to nine-month highs.

Leading Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on Iraqis to fight the extremists.

Computer-chip giant Intel lifted its second-quarter and full-year revenue forecast, citing better-than-expected demand for business PCs. Intel shares jumped 6.7%.

Online travel giant Priceline announced a $2.6bn (£1.5bn) acquisition of online restaurant reservation service OpenTable.

Priceline dipped 0.5%, while OpenTable shot up 47.1%.