NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slightly higher at midday after Germany's high court cleared the way for the country to participate in a European rescue fund.
The Dow Jones industrial average is up 28 points to 13,352 shortly before noon.
Attention now shifts to the Federal Reserve, which began a two-day meeting Wednesday. Many expect the Fed to launch a new effort to stimulate economic growth, especially after a Labor Department report showed employers added fewer than 100,000 jobs last month.
In other trading, the Standard & Poor's 500 index is up four points to 1,437, and the Nasdaq composite index is up seven to 3,110.
The Dow and S&P 500, the benchmark for most stock funds, have surged 2 percent in September, usually a grim month for the stock market.