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US stocks open higher following gains in European markets

FILE - This May 11, 2007, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign near the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. European indexes widened their losses in early trading Tuesday, June 30, 2015, as investors fretted the debt crisis in Greece could spread to other countries in the region. Asian stock markets bounced back recouping some of the previous day's sharp fall and futures point to a slight opening rebound on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher following gains in Europe as investors hope Greece can find a way to remain in the eurozone.

Greece’s government appeared to be softening its stance toward its creditors, but European officials ruled out any deal before a Greek referendum this weekend.

Chubb Corp. soared 32 percent after the insurance company agreed to be acquired by Ace for about $28 billion.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 160 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,782 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 16 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,079. The Nasdaq composite climbed 45 points, or 0.9 percent, to 5,033.

European markets also rose. Germany’s DAX increased 2.5 percent and France’s CAC 40 2.4 percent.

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