Wall Street opens modestly higher after data

NEW YORK Fri Feb 8, 2013 8:07pm IST

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, February 6, 2013.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Friday after a trio of positive economic data points, and further gains were expected to be modest with the benchmark S&P index near five-year highs.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 18.97 points, or 0.14 percent, at 13,963.02. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 3.05 points, or 0.20 percent, at 1,512.44. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 13.59 points, or 0.43 percent, at 3,178.72.

(Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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