U.S. Stocks and ETFs Finish Higher Friday After Rough Week

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U.S. stocks and ETFs finished in the green in Friday after a rough week and now look ahead to a holiday shortened week ahead.

green arrow 300x300 U.S. Stocks and ETFs Finish Higher Friday After Rough WeekAfter a volatile week on the edge of the fiscal cliff, U.S. stocks and index ETFs posted modest gains on Friday as the first session of discussions over a solution for the cliff between leaders of Congress and the President were termed as “constructive.” Read More: Fiscal Cliff Anxiety Eases On Friday

Nobody expects them to take the U.S. economy over the cliff, however, it’s quite possible that even with a solution, the ultimate outcome won’t be positive for U.S. markets and the economy as a whole.  One way or other,  taxes appear to be going up and that likely won’t be positive for U.S. earnings and markets. Read Retail Sales and Industrial Production and Recession Calls

Everyone seems eager to get a deal by Christmas and apparently new revenues will be on the table according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Boehner.

In other news, October Industrial Production came in at -0.4% today, a wide miss from +0.2% forecast and last month’s reading of +0.2%.

Europe officially slipped into recession and major European indexes and ETFs were broadly lower for the day and week. Read Eurozone Recession Takes Its Toll On Stocks

 Major U.S. Index ETFs:

Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEARCA:DIA) +0.37%

S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) +0.48%

Nasdaq 100 ETF (NYSEARCA:QQQ) +0.39%

Russell 2000 (NYSEARCA:IWM) +0.89%

Gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) -0.13%

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