US STOCKS-Wall St opens higher after McDonald's results, job data
* McDonald's up as China demand recovers
* Dow Chemicals, Southwest Airlines up after results beat
* Caterpillar falls after results
* Hospital operators tank
* Indexes up: Dow 0.9 pct, S&P 0.97 pct, Nasdaq 1.14 pct (Updates to open)
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Oct 22 (Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Thursday after strong results from McDonald's and eBay lifted sentiments and jobless claims data supported evidence of a healthy labor market.
Shares of Dow component McDonald's soared 7.5 percent to $110.18 after its quarterly earnings and revenue beat estimates as demand recovered in China. The stock gave the biggest boost to the S&P 500 and the Dow.
Dow Chemicals rose 5.6 percent to $50.11 while Southwest Airlines rose 5.9 percent to $43.47 after the companies reported strong results. Continuación...