HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL: Stocks posted modest gains Friday, driven by budding optimism among traders that Washington's bickering politicians can reach an agreement on the budget and on increasing the government's borrowing limit soon.
EVERYONE'S BUYING FOR THE WEEKEND: Stocks closed higher on a Friday for the first time in four weeks. Typically investors don't like to hold stocks over a weekend, particularly when there's uncertainty. Traders said Friday's buying is a sign that investors are optimistic a deal will get done between Democrats and Republicans soon.
PIGGY FOR POTBELLY: Shares of sandwich maker Potbelly more than doubled in their Nasdaq trading debut Friday. Chicago-based Potbelly's stock soared $16.77, or 120 percent, to $30.77.