StockMarketWire.com - US stock markets started the last session of the week in positive territory, adding to recent gains, while traders navigate a plethora of economic news.

Shortly after the open, the Dow was up 0.2% at 21,574, the S&P 500 gained 0.38% at 2,452, while the technology-focused Nasdaq added 0.28% to reach 6,292.

RISERS AND FALLERS

Wal-Mart, Visa, Boeing and Exxon were among the early risers on the Dow, while NetApp shot up by over 6% on the S&P.

Ulta Beauty, Seagate, eBay and Micron Technology were prominent to the upside on the Nasdaq.

COMMODITIES

At 2:45pm (GMT), WTI crude was higher at $46.42/bbl, as was Brent at $48.73/bbl.

Gold was firmer at around $1,231/oz.

ECONOMIC NEWS

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the US was unchanged in June, on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

The CPI for all items less food and energy - the so-called core CPI - increased by 0.1%

The advance estimates of US retail and food services sales for June were $473.5bn, a decrease of 0.2% from the previous month, the US Census Bureau confirmed.

Retail sales excluding motor vehicles and parts - the so-called core retail sales - fell to $379bn in June, compared to $391bn in May.

US industrial production rose 0.4% in June for its fifth consecutive monthly increase, the US Federal Reserve said today, while capacity utilisation for US industrial sector rose 0.2 percentage point.

In addition, reports on business inventories, consumer sentiment and inflation expectations are all due later today.



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