U.S. stocks opened modestly higher Tuesday one day after suffering their worst sell-off in weeks as the presidential election, and hoped-for fiscal aid, drew closer. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.57% gained 16 points, 0.1%, to open near 27,701, while the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.72% was up 5 points or 0.2%, at 3,406. The Nasdaq Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -0.87% led, with a 50-point or 0.4% increase, opening near 11,409 . Shares of Harley-Davidson Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207565294/composite HOG -0.44% surged more than 11%in early trading after the motorcycle company reported third-quarter earnings and revenue that trounced forecasts. And on Tuesday the government said orders for durable goods rose 1.9% in September, marking the fifth-straight month of growth.