Updated from 11:02 a.m. EDTAfter an erratic start, stocks turned positive Friday, as traders tackled another round of earnings releases and a fresh set of economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was gaining 69 points at 9250, and the S&P 500 was up 7.7 points to 961. The Nasdaq was climbing 12 points to 1711. On Thursday, the major averages ended a choppy day with gains following the release of a better-than-expected third-quarter GDP number. Corporate earnings releases were again in focus. NYSE Euronext ( NYX) reported a 33% year-over-year decrease in profits for the third quarter, but met the Street's expectations. Elsewhere in the financial sector, British bank Barclays ( BCS) announced plans to raise $11.8 billion from the private sector, thus avoiding participation in the U.K.'s bank-bailout plan. As for the automakers, Ford ( F) announced it would bring 1,000 workers back to a truck plant in anticipation of high demand for one of its new trucks. Back in earnings news, energy company Chevron ( CVX) reported rising profit thanks to high oil prices. Meanwhile, fast-food restaurant operator Burger King ( BKC) announced income that rose slightly year over year and reaffirmed its forward outlook. Cleaning-products maker Clorox ( CLX) likewise saw a slight rise in earnings for the quarter and affirmed its profit guidance, although it tempered its revenue expectations. In other automotive news, Nissan ( NSANY) reported a decline in quarterly profit and guided lower for the remainder of the year. Reuters also reported that talks of a merger between General Motors ( GM) and Chrysler are being pushed back as the Bush administration refused to fund a deal.