LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Stocks traded for a half-day on Friday,Black Friday,the day after Thanksgiving. This, as shoppers braved the annual post-Thanksgiving rush.
In fact, the major stock indexes closed one of their best weeks of the year.
The Dow closing up 1.4 percent, ending above the 13,000 mark for the first time since election day.
For the week, the S&P 500 added 3.6 percent. The Dow gained 3.4 percent and the Nasdaq ended almost 4 percent higher.
Well, there was Black Friday,then Small Business Saturday,and now, today is Cyber Monday.
That's the event where workers,back from the Thanksgiving break, take to their holiday shopping online.
According to research firm comScore, Americans are expected to spend $1.5 billion online today,that's up from $1.25 billion last year on Cyber Monday.
All this, as retailers ramp up deals to get shoppers to click to their websites.
So how did Black Friday perform? According to ShopperTrak, in-store traffic was good, with store visits up 3.5 percent from last year.
But Black Friday retail sales fell 1.8 percent to $11.2 billion. This, as early Thursday,Thanksgiving Day, deals stole a little thunder from Friday shopping.
And lots of events on the calendar this week in Arkansas.
Among them, on Tuesday, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia hosting the Southwest Arkansas Industry Conference,an all-day event for regional businesses that includes sessions on innovation engineering, work opportunity tax credits, and health care reform updates.
And speaking of health care, Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson speaks at noon Tuesday at the Clinton School of Public Service. He'll talk about what could happen under Medicaid expansion in Arkansas.
And starting Wednesday and running through the end of the week, the Arkansas Farm Bureau holds its 78th Convention at the Hot Springs Convention Center.