Stocks opened little changed on Monday after equities posted their best week in a month as the euro zone debt crisis and the economy showed signs of stabilizing.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> slipped 4.47 points, or 0.04 percent, at 12,716.01. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> shed 0.14 points, or 0.01 percent, at 1,315.24. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> fell 0.63 points, or 0.02 percent, at 2,786.07.

(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)