S&P 500: Stocks Open Higher on Greek Economic Data

Stocks on S&P 500 Open HigherThe S&P 500 is opening the trading session higher on Thursday, June 25, as investors are optimistic for a deal to avert a Greek default on a proposal from its creditors.

The differences between Greece’s proposal and that of its creditors are not big enough to justify failing to reach an agreement, a senior Greek government official said. Greek officials said that if talks fell apart, the country does not have the money to pay the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday.

The S&P 500is starting the trading day in the green,up 0.36% as of 9:35 a.m. E.T. The broad-based Dow Jones Industrial Average and technology-heavy NASDAQ Composite Indexare also inching higher.

Also Read: S&P 500: Greek Debt Talks Send Indices Down

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Strong Consumer Spending

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Insight on Interest Rates

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Greek Banks Running Out of Cash

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Stocks to Watch

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ/BBRY)

The smartphone maker announced that it plans to buy back 12 million shares to offset the dilution from a new employee stock purchase plan. Yet investors are pessimistic of where the company is headed as the earnings were worse than analyst expectations.

Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE/LLY)

The company’s rating was upgraded from to “Buy” from ‘Neutral” by the Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. The increase came on increased estimates for several drugs still in Lilly’s pipeline.

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ/NFLX)

Citigroup downgraded it to “Neutral” from “Buy’ as the company’s stocks have nearly doubled from last year. Carl Ichan also sold off his entire share of Netflix. As the legendary hedge fund manager tweeted, “Sold the last of our [Netflix] today.”

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE/DIS)

The company raised its divided by 15% and now plans to make dividend payments semi-annually. Typically, rising in dividends may indicate the health of the company.

IPO Exploration

TransUnion (NYSE/TRU), CNX Coal Resources LP (NYSE/CNXC), Wayne Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ/WNFM), and Gener8 Maritime Inc. (NYSE/GNRT) are set to hit the market today. Investors are excited to see the first of these companies’ IPOs.