Stocks opened slightly lower on Friday after a brief suspension in the trading of some big Italian banks raised new concerns about the European debt crisis, though better-than-expected durable goods orders kept losses limited.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 11.89 points, or 0.10 percent, at 12,038.11. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 1.01 points, or 0.08 percent, at 1,282.49. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 7.58 points, or 0.28 percent, at 2,679.17.

(Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica)