U.S. stocks rose on Friday, setting up a second straight week of gains, as upbeat retail news reinforced hopes for strong sales in the key holiday season.
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Retailer shares rose as department store operator JC Penney Co Inc
Consumer discretionary shares led the way even as the Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary November Surveys of Consumers showed U.S. consumer confidence fell to its weakest level in three months amid grim expectations for job and income prospects.
I think people were paying more attention to JC Penney and Abercrombie & Fitch as indicative examples of people's sentiment toward retail, said Michael James, senior trader at Wedbush Morgan in Los Angeles.
JC Penney rose 7.2 percent to $31.50 and Abercrombie & Fitch climbed 9.4 percent to $40.21.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 84.49 points, or 0.83 percent, to 10,281.96. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> added 7.35 points, or 0.68 percent, to 1,094.59. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 18.68 points, or 0.87 percent, to 2,167.70.
Wedbush Morgan's James also pointed to a slide in the U.S. dollar as supporting a rise in stocks, as investors take advantage of the greenback's weakness to invest in commodities and equities. The energy <.GSPE> and materials <.GSPM> sectors of the S&P 500 outperformed the benchmark index.
The dollar weakened as the U.S. trade deficit widened in September by an unexpectedly large 18.2 percent, the most in more than 10 years. For a story on the U.S. economy, see
Disney shares rose 4.3 percent to $30.29 after it posted a larger-than-expected rise in both quarterly profit and revenue, as strong results from its cable business helped it overcome a disappointing stretch for its film studio.
(Disney) is a big name that is very easy for large portfolio managers to continue to buy on good results, and I think you're seeing the fruits of that today, James said.
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(Editing by Padraic Cassidy)