U.S. Stocks Open Slightly Lower, Eye Solid Weekly Gains

By Anora MahmudovaMarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks opened marginally lower but the main indexes were on track finish with sizable gains for the holiday-shortened week. Trading on Wall Street is expected to be subdued as U.S. stock exchanges will close earlier than usual, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. All three main benchmark were set to book gains of more than 2% for the week. The S&P 500 opened less than a point lower at 2,063 The Dow Jones Industrial Average was off by 10 points, or 0.1%, to 17,591. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite began the day up 2 points or 0.1%, at 5,048.

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