This is "Small Business Saturday" when shoppers are urged to visit local businesses. Getting away from the malls and out of the big box stores helps the local economy since more of the money spent stays in the community.
President Obama meets with his jobs council, which offers him its proposal for how to add one million positions to the US job market without help from Congress.
Credit cards boosted quarterly profits by 71 percent at American Express.
Some firms, including Morgan Stanley, race to prove they can fund themselves by turning to private investors.