The Dow Jones opened higher in early trading on Friday with Procter & Gamble heading up the winner's table.
The index advanced more than 51 points (0.53%) to 9,835.69 with Procter & Gamble adding 2.37% to $56.85 after management announced ambitious plans to "win back" market share.
Chevron added 1.54% to $73.08 after the oil company was raised to ‘outperform' from ‘neutral' by Credit Suisse Group AG.
Elsewhere, American Express declined 0.77% to $34.73 while Boeing fell 0.43% to $52.65.
In the UK, the FTSE maintained a lead in afternoon trading, adding 8.24 points (0.16%) to 5,172.19.
Kingfisher rose 4.43% to 212p, as the owner of the DIY chain B&Q posted a 34.6% rise in adjusted pre-tax profits to £288m.
Autonomy Corporation advanced 3.79% to £15.88, as analysts maintained their "buy" rating, while raising their estimates for the company.
Elsewhere Tullow Oil fell 4.98% to £11.83, while Balfour Beatty declined 4.71% to 353p.
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