Around the World's Markets: New York

US STOCKS were trading higher yesterday, led by the technology group Hewlett-Packard, which announced plans to split itself into two.

"The Hewlett-Packard news brings a better tone to the market, which has been in a kind of holding pattern," said one trader.

The Dow Jones index was trading up 83.13 points at 9,407.91. The high- technology Nasdaq index was 21.13 points higher at 2,316.31.