U.S. Stocks Open Slightly Higher; Nasdaq Struggles For 3rd Straight Record

By Joseph Adinolfi Markets MarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks opened modestly higher on Thursday, with the Nasdaq inching toward its third-straight record, after a spate of strong earnings reports helped lift the broader market. The S&P 500 index gained two points, or 0.1%, to 2,296.63. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 26 points, or 0.1%, to 20,081. The Nasdaq Composite Index advanced three points, or 0.1%, to 5,686. Viacom Inc. rose after beating earnings and revenue forecasts, while Coca-Cola shares retreated after profits met expectations but its outlook fell short. CVS Health Corp. shares jumped after beating earnings and revenue forecasts. Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. rose after posting a fourth-quarter profit. Twitter Inc. shares slipped after posting lackluster quarterly results.

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