The US bourse is set to open higher as European leaders get ready to meet.

New York - The Dow Jones Industrial Average bolted above 17,000 points for the first time in opening trade Thursday after data showed the US added a surprisingly strong 288,000 jobs in June.

Seven minutes into trade, the Dow stood at 17,031.37, up 55.13 points (0.32 percent), while the S&P 500 gained 6.17 (0.31 percent) to 1,980.79.

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index added 15.69 (0.35 percent) at 4,473.43. - Sapa-AFP