US stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the technology, consumer discretionary and communication services sectors led shares higher. At the close of the NYSE, the DJIA rose 0.44% while the S&P 500 index gained 0.75%, and the NASDAQ Composite index advanced 0.81%. Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones on the NYSE by 1,680 to 1,600 and 178 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2,555 declined and 1,723 advanced, while 211 ended unchanged. (Source: WSJ, CNBC)