US STOCKS SNAPSHOT - Wall St advances at open on "cliff" hope

NEW YORK Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:33am EST

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NEW YORK Dec 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday as investors were encouraged by signs of movement on "fiscal cliff" negotiations over the weekend.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 32.10 points, or 0.24 percent, to 13,167.11. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose 3.92 points, or 0.28 percent, to 1,417.50. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 5.94 points, or 0.20 percent, to 2,977.28.

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