April 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday, as upbeat economic data from China and a jump in Qualcomm shares sparked gains in chipmakers, with sentiment also lifted by largely positive earnings reports.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 15.87 points, or 0.06%, at the open to 26,468.53. The S&P 500 opened higher by 8.98 points, or 0.31%, at 2,916.04. The Nasdaq Composite gained 44.74 points, or 0.56%, to 8,044.97 at the opening bell. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)