Updated from 12:23 p.m. EST

Stocks finished with decent gains on the first major shopping day of the holiday season.

In an abbreviated session, the

Dow Jones Industrial Average added 125 points, or 1.3%, to 9960. The

Nasdaq gained 28 points, or 1.5%, at 1903, and the

S&P 500 was up about 13 points, or 1.2%, at 1150.

For the holiday-shortened week, the Dow was up 92 points, while the Nasdaq was virtually unchanged.

Anecdotal evidence pointed to fairly brisk traffic at retail stores across the country.



stock gained 28 cents, or 4.3%, to $6.85, while


(S) - Get Report

gained 85 cents, or 1.9%, to $45.12 and

Federated Department Stores

added $1.10, or 3%, to $38.21.

European markets finished mixed, with London's FTSE 100 losing 1% at 5293 and Germany's Xetra Dax up 0.1% at 5133. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index closed up 0.3% at 10,697, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.6% at 11,322.



was lower following reports the company is negotiating more asset sales in a bid to raise $2 billion. The stories say the potential investors included industrial companies and leveraged buyout firms. Enron closed down 33 cents, or 6.59%, to $4.68.

General Motors

(GM) - Get Report

led blue-chips higher, finishing up $1.45, or 3.1%, to $47.69.


(AMGN) - Get Report

enjoyed a strong session, climbing $2.47, or 4% to $64.45.

Among the major sectors, banks, biotech and Internet stocks are fared well.

The price of oil fell on reports that Russia plans a smaller-than-expected output reduction. Nevertheless, U.S. oil stocks generally held up well, with


(XOM) - Get Report

gaining 56 cents, or 1.5%, to $38.44 and


(CVX) - Get Report

gaining 50 cents, or 0.6%, to $86.58.

In Afghanistan, Northern Alliance forces and U.S. planes bombarded the city of Kunduz, where an estimated 15,000 Taliban soldiers are making a final stand.

The 10-year Treasury note was down 9/32 to 99 31/32, yielding 5%, in late-session trading.