Global Markets: U.S. Stocks Open 2012 Strong

11:40 AM ET Tue, 3 Jan 2012

CNBC's Mandy Drury reports U.S. stocks are up across the board. Strong global economic reports are driving the markets. Germany's jobless rate was its lowest since re-unification, and U.S. manufacturing expanded at its fastest level in 6 months. Chinese manufacturing data was up, as well. Material and energy stocks are among the day's leaders. And BP challenges Halliburton court request on the Gulf oil spill.