NEW YORK Nov 23 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened higher on Friday on signs of progress in talks about releasing aid to Greece, and with the U.S. retail sector in focus as the holiday shopping season begins.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 62.52 points, or 0.49 percent, to 12,899.41. The S&P 500 gained 6.43 points, or 0.46 percent, to 1,397.46. The Nasdaq Composite added 17.93 points, or 0.61 percent, to 2,944.49.
The S&P retail index gained 0.4 percent.