NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to extend its best weekly gain in seven, after a stronger-than-expected monthly payrolls report.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 15.8 points, or 0.09 percent, to 17,900.68, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 2.57 points, or 0.12 percent, to 2,065.09 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 4.39 points, or 0.09 percent, to 4,769.49.

(Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; Editing by Bernadette Baum; Editing by)