RTTNews - Stocks showed a strong upward move at the start of trading on Friday, with the major averages all moving firmly into positive territory. The Nasdaq showed a particularly strong move to the upside after ending the previous session slightly lower.

Health insurance stocks are turning in some of the best performances in early trading, extending a recent upward move. Significant strength has also emerged among metal, oil service, and computer hardware stocks.

The major averages have seen some further upside in the past few minutes, rising to new highs for the young session. The Dow is currently up 56.68 at 8,612.28, the Nasdaq is up 23.61 at 1,831.33 and the S&P 500 is up 8.19 at 926.56.

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