Stocks Close Slightly Higher

NEW YORK (November 1, 2013) Stocks closed slightly higher Friday after the market shrugged off a midday slump.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 69 points, or 0.5 percent, to end at 15,615 points Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose five points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 1,761.

The Nasdaq composite edged up two points, less than 0.1 percent, to end the day at 3,922.

The Nasdaq was hit by more technical problems.

The exchange shut down one of its markets for trading stock options.

Regular stock trading wasn't affected.

Shares of the Texas-based Container Store doubled on the company’s first day of trading.

Body Central, parent company of the Body Shop, plunged after the clothing and accessories retailer reported a third-quarter loss that was worse than analysts were expecting.

Volume was heavier than usual.

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