U.S. stocks traded tentatively higher early Wednesday as investors wrestled with rising rates, with bond yields holding at multiyear peaks after surging on Tuesday on brisker-than-expected retails sales and manufacturing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
was trading up 20 points, up less than 0.1%, at 24,727 after halting an eight session rally Tuesday as investors were spooked by the climb in the 10-year Treasury note
to the highest level since 2011 above 3%. On Wednesday, rates mostly held their ground as investors digested the recent moves in government paper. The S&P 500 index
advanced slightly, picking up 0.1% at 2,717, while the Nasdaq Composite Index
rose about 0.2% to 7,368.