US stocks open higher, helped by Facebook, US GDP

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks moved higher in early trading Thursday, helped by strong earnings from Facebook and an encouraging report that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66 points, or 0.4 percent, to 15,797 as of 10:04 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,788 and the Nasdaq composite rose 50 points, or 1.2 percent, to 4,102.

INVESTORS 'LIKE' FACEBOOK: Facebook jumped $7.92, or 15 percent, to $61.50 in early trading. The social media network company reported results late Thursday that exceeded the expectations of financial analysts. Facebook's adjusted profit was 31 cents per share, four cents better than forecast.

POSITIVE ECONOMIC NEWS: The U.S. economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the final three months of 2013, a positive sign for the economy in 2014. Consumer spending, a major driver of the U.S. economy, picked up in the quarter.

BOND YIELDS RISE: The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.71 percent from 2.68 percent late Wednesday. Bond yields fell to a two-and-a-half month low Wednesday following the Federal Reserve's announcement that it would pull back further on its economic stimulus program.

ROUGH JANUARY: The Dow is down 5 percent in January, the worst start to a year since 2009. Emerging markets worries have driven most of the sell-off. A survey Thursday confirmed that manufacturing in China, the world's second-biggest economy, unexpectedly slowed in January.

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