(REUTERS) -- Stocks opened higher on Friday after a string of declines, with equities on track for their strongest quarter in more than two years.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29.51 points, or 0.22 percent, at 13,175.33. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index added 3.83 points, or 0.27 percent, at 1,407.11. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 15.62 points, or 0.50 percent, at 3,110.98.

(Reporting By Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)