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NEW YORK, Nov 29 AFP

November 30 2012, 01:50AM

US stocks have opened higher, chasing solid gains in markets in Asia and Europe, helped by an expected strong upward revision in the US economic growth estimate for the third quarter.

All major sectors were higher, led by consumer goods and mining stocks.

Five minutes into trade on Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 52.98 points, or 0.41 per cent, to 13,038.09.

The S&P 500 gained 7.34 points, or 0.52 per cent, at 1,417.27.

The Nasdaq Composite added 20.79 points, or 0.69 per cent, at 3,012.57.