The economic calendar in the U.S. on Friday includes retail sales and the consumer price index for August at 8:30 a.m. EDT, industrial production and capacity utilization for August at 9:15 a.m., the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for September at 9:55 a.m. , and business inventories for July at 10 a.m.
U.S. stocks on Thursday soared after the Fed more than fulfilled expectations for another round of quantitative easing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up more than 206 points, or 1.55%, at 13,540. The day's intraday peak of 13,573 was the blue-chip index's highest level since December 2007.
Home Depot ( HD), the No. 1 home-improvement retailer, said Friday it will close its seven remaining big box stores in China and cut 850 jobs.
Ford's ( F) board may name CEO Alan Mulally as non-executive chairman to keep him involved with automaker after he leaves the top post, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Goldman Sachs ( GS) is doing away with two-year contracts for most analysts hired out of college, according to communications reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The move was confirmed by a Goldman spokesman. "We think the historic two-year program is no longer the best approach for hiring and developing the careers of analysts in our banking and investment-management divisions," the Goldman spokesman told the newspaper. "Making this change allows us to emphasize the longer-term career opportunities available at the firm."