Stocks Finish Slightly Higher As Consumer Stocks Dent Energy Gains

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U.S. stocks finished Friday's session slightly higher as a slump in the consumer-discretionary sector shaved energy gains resulting from a rally in oil. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 35.00 points, or 0.2%, at 17,576.96, after being up 153 points earlier in the session. The S&P 500 Index gained 4.77 points, or 0.2%, to close at 2,046.68. Just before the closing bell, the Nasdaq Composite Index swung to a slight gain of 2.32 points to close at 4,850.69.

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