US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens higher on earnings optimism

April 12 (Reuters) - The main U.S. indexes opened more than 0.5 percent higher on Thursday as expectations that lower U.S. taxes would fuel corporate earnings added to a slight easing of nerves over Syria conflict.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 171.64 points, or 0.71 percent, to 24,361.09. The S&P 500 gained 14.41 points, or 0.55 percent, to 2,656.6. The Nasdaq Composite added 44.13 points, or 0.62 percent, to 7,113.16.

(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)