U.S. stocks opened higher on Friday, pushing key equity benchmarks closer to all-time highs, as investors keyed into encouraging signs on U.S.-China trade talks.
The S&P 500 was up 0.2% to trade at 3,012. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 59 points, or 0.2% , to 27,152. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.1% to 8,192. The Dow and the S&P 500 are both within a percentage point of their all-time closing highs. News reports said President Donald Trump was exempting hundreds of Chinese products from tariffs. The exemption list will be published later on Friday by the U.S. Trade Representative office, according to CNBC.