Wall St. opens up after claims, retail sales data

Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:33am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened modestly higher on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second day of gains, after better-than-expected data on retail sales and the labor market.

The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI rose 22.09 points, or 0.14 percent, to 16,362.17, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 3.24 points, or 0.17 percent, to 1,871.44 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 14.047 points, or 0.32 percent, to 4,337.379.

(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid