Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq hit records after modest opening gains
U.S. stock-market indexes opened in record territory as investors appeared to have shrugged off a weaker-than-expected monthly jobs report. The U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in December, falling short of expectations of 198,000 by the economists polled by MarketWatch. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.36% gained 9 points, or 0.3%, to 2,733. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.37% rose 71 points, or 0.3%, to 25,146. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.61% advanced by 30 points, or 0.4%, to 7,107. Among the best performers on Wall Street, shares of Hess Corporation HES, +2.07% rose sharply after the company announced positive results from its Ranger-1 exploration well offshore Guyana.