U.S. stocks open higher as Dow and S&P 500 set for records
U.S. stock indexes started higher on Friday as the Dow and the S&P 500 were on track to set record high closes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 53 points, or 0.2%, to 26,445. The S&P 500 was up 8 points, or 0.3%, to 2,847. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 37 points, or 0.4%, to 7,438. On Thursday, the Dow was the only major benchmark index that set an all-time high. Fourth-quarter gross domestic product was up 2.6 percent, falling below expectations but strong enough to stave off concerns that the U.S. economy was starting to stumble as it headed into the new year.