Stocks Step Up

Trading ended in green territory on Friday. Stocks gained on a variety of economic news. Carmaker and raw materials brands stepped up and energy stocks climbed on an upswing in crude oil. West Texas Intermediate crude added 0.8% today to settle at $44.66 a barrel.

Mixed Moves

Indices closed with mixed moves on Thursday. The Dow eked out a slight gain while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq shed some points. L Brands led other retailers such as Urban Outfitters and Gap lower, following the release of earnings details that fell short of expectations.