U.S. stocks rose at the start of trade Friday as investors took comfort in rising oil prices, which were set to advance for the third straight day after a record slide earlier in the week that took a key oil-futures contract into negative territory, and as Dow component American Express Co. AXP, -0.97% reported first-quarter earnings that beat expectations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.01% rose 138 points, or 0.6% to 23,649, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.25% gained 13 points, or 0.5% to trade at 2,810 and the Nasdaq Composite index <a data-track-hover="QuotePeek" data-charting-symbol="INDEX/US/XNAS/COMP" class="qt-chip positive"

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