NEW YORK -
U.S. stocks rose modestly at the open on Thursday after weak data reflected sluggish U.S. economic growth and dented optimism China would take steps to bolster its economy.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 41.13 points, or 0.31 percent, to 13,454.64. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> added 4.48 points, or 0.31 percent, to 1,437.80. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> rose 11.34 points, or 0.37 percent, to 3,105.05.
(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Kenneth Barry)