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GE, Google earnings help stocks to fast start

U.S. stocks opened higher Friday, bouncing back after two days of declines, as strong earnings from General Electric Co. and Google Inc. lifted investor hopes.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 64.63 points, or 0.55 percent, at 11,887.43. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was up 7.15 points, or 0.56 percent, at 1,287.41. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 14.80 points, or 0.55 percent, at 2,719.09.

Stocks close week higher for first time in month

The stock market has posted its first winning week in a month after news on the economy started getting better. Get the full story »