U.S. stocks open slightly higher in holiday-thinned trading

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U.S. stocks edged higher at the start of Thursday’s holiday-shortened session as investors eyed the prospect of a fiscal aid package before the end of the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 69 points, or 0.2%, to 30,199. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.3% to 12,806. The S&P 500 added 0.3% to 3,700. President Donald Trump objected to the pandemic aid bill passed in Congress for not including sufficient direct payments to households this week. Shares of Alibaba Group were in focus amid reports that Chinese regulators on Thursday were pursuing an antimonopoly investigation against the Chinese e-commerce giant.
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