Stocks Ended Mixed After Upbeat Data

U.S. stocks ended mixed on Friday as investors assessed a number of positive economic reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 18.05 points, or 0.10%, to close at 17,634.74 and eked out a small gain over the week. The S&P 500 was up 0.49 point, or 0.02%, to 2,039.82 and gained 0.4% over the week.The Nasdaq Composite closed 8.40 points, or 0.18%, higher at 4,688.54 and gained 1.2% over the week.

Sales at U.S. retailers rose in October, snapping back from the first decline in eight months, as plunging gasoline prices gave consumers more money to spend on other goods and services. Retail sales rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.3% last month , the Commerce Department said Friday.

The preliminary November reading on the University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters consumer-sentiment index rose to 89.4– the highest level since July 2007 — from a final October reading of 86.9, according to reports on data released Friday.

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