U.S. stocks ended a volatile week with a whimper on Friday. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked lower, the S&P 500 ticked higher and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.3%.
Energy names led the way higher on the session, while health care and financial stocks lagged. Elsewhere, the U.S. dollar index moved 0.5% higher, gaining for a fourth straight day. Crude oil also gained more than 6% and natural gas added 3%.
Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA) was the big winner on Friday, gaining more than 41% on reports that Baxalta (BXLT) is interested in acquiring the biotech firm.
Looking ahead to next week, Dollar Tree (DLTR) will report quarterly results on Tuesday, followed by Campbell Soup (CPB) and Medtronic (MDT) on Thursday. (Campbell Soup is part of TheStreet's Dividend Stock Advisor portfolio.)
Next week will also be busy on the economic front, beginning with some regional economic readings on Monday and monthly auto sales on Tuesday. We'll get a look at the Fed's Beige Book on Wednesday, in addition to the August jobs report on Friday.