The Dow rose about 56 points, with Merck and DuPont gaining and Bank of America and Cisco falling
The US stock market gained for the week, with the Dow up 3 percent. Investors are regaining confidence in stocks despite developments in Japan, Libya, and Europe.
AT&T-T-Mobile deal is lifting spirits and may inspire other mergers and acquisitions.
Stock prices on global index fall in the wake of concerns about Japan's economy. Japan's stock prices on the TOPIX index plunge 7.5 percent.
The Dow average rose 59 points on Friday, but was down 1 percent for the week.
BlackBerry shipments reach 14.2 million units in the third quarter, mostly outside the United States.
Surveys show that more consumers want to get a jump on Black Friday and shop on Thanksgiving Day. With retailers desperate to boost sales, an increasing number are staying open.
ETFs focused on precious metals, Indonesian stocks, and lithium mining have investors piling into them.
Wendy's fries with skins debuted Nov. 11. A day later, Wendy's/Arby's Group announced disappointing earnings.
Humana earned $2.32 per share in its latest quarter, far above the $1.66 analysts had expected.