NEW YORK (AP) — Slightly better economic growth and stronger housing sales are giving stocks a slight push in midday trading.
The Dow Jones industrial average is up four points to 13,107 shortly before noon Wednesday.
The U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 1.7 percent from April through June thanks to consumer spending and exports. That's up from the initial estimate of 1.5 percent. But it's not enough to put a dent in the unemployment rate.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index is up two points to 1,411, while the Nasdaq composite is up one point to 3,078.
Crude oil has dipped back below $96. Hurricane Isaac made landfall Tuesday night, but its heavy winds and rain aren't expected to damage oil production and refinery operations in the Gulf of Mexico.