U.S. Stocks Open Higher As Trump Inauguration Approaches

By Anora Mahmudova Markets MarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks opened higher Friday as investors largely avoided big bets ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration as the nation's 45th president. The main indexes were on track to end the week with modest losses, however. The S&P 500 opened up 8 points, or 0.3%, at 2,271. The Nasdaq Composite began the session up 21 points, or 0.4% higher, at 5,562. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 76 points, or 0.4%, to 19,809 at the open.

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