A sign for Wall Street is seen just outside the New York Stock Exchange.(Photo: Timothy A. Clary, AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Investors are hoping the stock market will continue to move higher after two straight days of gains.
A big jump in Microsoft helped lift the Dow Jones industrial average Friday. Microsoft's biggest gain in four years came after CEO Steve Ballmer said he will retire.
The Dow closed up nearly 47 points, or 0.3 percent, at 15,010. However, the blue-chip index closed down 0.5 percent for the week and is 3.2 percent lower for the month.
The Standard and Poor's 500 index edged up 6 ½ points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,663. And the Nasdaq composite rose 19 points, or 0.5 percent, to 3,657.