Summary Box: Stocks end the week down

AP News
Posted: Dec 16, 2011 5:19 PM
Summary Box: Stocks end the week down

FLAT DAY, DOWN WEEK: Stocks were essentially flat on Friday, and indexes finished the week down 3 percent.

EARLY RALLY: Stocks began to rally early Friday, rising as much as 99 points, before dropping back to flat around midday after Fitch warned of possible downgrades of the debt of six euro countries.

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WHAT'S NEXT: The week leading up to Christmas often brings low volumes that can make prices more volatile for the traders who remain.