The U.S. stock market opened higher Wednesday with a rise in crude oil prices.
The Dow added 2 points to start the day at 21,577 points, and the S&P 500 rose 4 points to 2,464.
The Nasdaq climbed 23 points to begin trading at 6,368 points.
At the first bell, American benchmark West Texas Intermediate was up 0.5 percent to trade at $46.59 a barrel. International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $49.10 a barrel -- a rise of 0.6 percent.
Market and investors are looking now for the weekly change in U.S. crude oil inventories and production data that will be released later Wednesday.
By Ovunc Kutlu in New York