NEW YORK Jan 4 U.S. stocks opened slightly
higher after a key U.S. jobs report showed the pace of hiring by
employers had eased sightly in December but gave signals of some
momentum in the labor market's recovery since the 2007-09
Though the data showed lackluster economic growth was unable
to make a dent in the still-high U.S. unemployment rate, it
calmed fears about the possibility of the U.S. Federal Reserve
ending its highly stimulative monetary policy.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 17.12 points,
or 0.13 percent, at 13,408.48. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index
was up 1.49 points, or 0.10 percent, at 1,460.86. The
Nasdaq Composite Index was up 0.75 points, or 0.02
percent, at 3,101.32.