Stocks opened mixed on Friday as investors digested a better-than-expected reading in manufacturing data and a report showing unchanged consumer prices.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 21.90 points, or 0.26 percent, to 8,353.22. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> dropped 0.04 points, or 0.00 percent, to 893.03. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> rose 2.38 points, or 0.14 percent, to 1,691.59.

(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)