US stocks edge higher ahead of July 4th holiday

July 2, 2013
In this Friday, June 28, 2013 photo, trader Robert Vella, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks are getting off to a slow start after a three-day rally. U.S. stock futures are rising with industry watchers expecting automakers to post banner sales. The government also releases its May factory orders report Tuesday, July 2, 2013, and economists are looking for signs of an extended recovery in manufacturing. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — Major indexes are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street ahead of the July 4th holiday.

Ford is getting a boost after reporting its best June sales since 2006. General Motors also rose.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,616 in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 17 points, or 0.1 percent, to 14,992. The Nasdaq composite was up four points, or 0.1 percent, at 3,439.

U.S. markets will be closed Thursday for Independence Day.

Zynga, the troubled online game maker, jumped 10 percent to $3.37 after the company announced late Monday that its CEO was stepping aside and would be replaced by the head of Microsoft's Xbox division.