Stocks End The Week On A Higher Note

NEW YORK (December 20, 2013) Stocks closed higher Friday after the U.S. raised its estimate for economic growth in the third quarter.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 42 points, or 0.3 percent, to end at16,221 Friday.

The Dow is up 3 percent for the week.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained eight points, 0.5 percent, to close at 1,818.

The Nasdaq composite rose 46 points, or 1.2 percent, to end at 4,104.

Small-company stocks surged; the Russell 2000 jumped 21 points, 1.9 percent, to 1,146.

The economy grew 4.1 percent from July through September, the fastest pace since late 2011, the government reported.

Red Hat jumped 15 percent after the software company's earnings rose nearly 50 percent, beating Wall Street's expectations.

BlackBerry soared 15 percent after the company said it would outsource its hardware business.


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