NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks opened slightly higher after a key U.S. jobs report showed the pace of hiring by employers had eased slightly in December but gave signals of some momentum in the labor market's recovery since the 2007-09 recession.
Though the data showed lackluster economic growth was unable to make a dent in the still-high U.S. unemployment rate, it calmed fears about the possibility of the U.S. Federal Reserve ending its highly stimulative monetary policy.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was up 17.12 points, or 0.13 percent, at 13,408.48. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was up 1.49 points, or 0.10 percent, at 1,460.86. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 0.75 points, or 0.02 percent, at 3,101.32.
(Editing by Bernadette Baum)
(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2013. Check for restrictions at: http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp