January 2, 2020 / 2:36 PM / 19 days ago

US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St begins 2020 near record level on China stimulus, trade hopes

Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks kicked off the first trading day of the year just below record levels on Thursday as fresh stimulus from Beijing to prop up its slowing economy added to the optimism over easing trade tensions and an improving global outlook.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 100.53 points, or 0.35%, at the open to 28,638.97.

The S&P 500 opened higher by 13.89 points, or 0.43%, at 3,244.67. The Nasdaq Composite gained 66.86 points, or 0.75%, to 9,039.46 at the opening bell. (Reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)

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