U.S. stocks steadied Friday in an abbreviated session following the Thanksgiving holiday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 3 points, nearly unchanged, at 17810.
Videos posted on social media late Thursday and early Friday showed shoppers brawling in malls as they jostled to get the best deals at the start of the holiday shopping season.
Consider this your way to get holiday shopping done and stick it to the man. For weeks people have skimmed Black Friday sales to map their plan of attack at big box stores.
Traffic at stores declined on Thanksgiving Day and into the wee hours of Black Friday analysts say, though executives at major retailers were pleased with the turnout.
When is slower economic growth not such a bad thing? When it's caused by lower growth in the population. If that puzzles you, you're a victim of the economists' practice of focusing on growth in gross domestic product rather than GDP per person.