A look at highlights from the day's business news:
Stocks end with modest gains
Stocks closed modestly higher Friday on better-than-expected earnings from Oracle and Research in Motion, but a disappointing consumer sentiment report put a cap on gains.
The Dow Jones industrial average gained 13 points, or 0.1%, to end at 10,607.85. The S&P 500 added 1 point, or 0.1%, to close at 1,125.59, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq increased 12 points, or 0.5%, to end at 2,315.61.
During the rest of the week, stocks ended higher on Monday and Wednesday but closed mixed to flat for the other two days. The Dow gained 0.6% over the week, while the S&P added 0.3%, and the Nasdaq advanced 1.3%.
Upbeat tech earnings helped stocks pop at the open Friday, but an unexpectedly downbeat consumer sentiment report sent indexes in and out of negative territory. The banking and energy sectors ended mostly lower, while technology, retail and housing shares closed mixed.