December 16, 2016 / 3:21 PM / 8 months ago

Wall Street opens higher; Dow aims for 20,000

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., December 15, 2016.Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened higher on Friday, with the three major indexes on track to post weekly gains and the Dow within spitting distance of 20,000, a level it has never breached.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 40.11 points, or 0.2 percent, to 19,892.35.

The S&P 500 gained 4.36 points, or 0.192747 percent, to 2,266.39.

The Nasdaq Composite added 11.31 points, or 0.21 percent, to 5,468.16.

Reporting by Tanya Agrawal; Editing by Anil D'Silva

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