Reuters - U.S. stocks could face difficulty gaining traction next week as the S&P 500 bumps against the 1,100 mark and investors become content to cool their heels rather than risk losing gains made for the year.
AP - Encouraging earnings news from major retailers and The Walt Disney Co. drew investors back into the stock market one day after a big drop. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 73 Friday after dropping 94 on Thursday. Upbeat quarterly reports Friday from Abercrombie & Fitch Co., J.C. Penney Co. and Disney offset worries about a disappointing consumer confidence report.
AP - Somebody on a bus asks a friend, "How about that stock market?" The response: "Unbelievable." Caribbean vacationers lounging poolside check their Blackberries for stock prices. Suburban gym members chat about the latest market gains during their morning workouts.