Comic: S&P 500, Nasdaq Face Big Test In Week Ahead As Mega-Cap Tech Earnings Loom – Stocks on Wall Street ended mixed on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting its first daily gain in four sessions to cap off another volatile week.

The Dow closed 112 points higher, or about 0.4%, at 28,606. The S&P 500 ended little changed, settling at 3,483. The Nasdaq Composite meanwhile ended the day down around 0.4% at 11,671.

For the week, the Dow and S&P 500 rose 0.1% and 0.2%, respectively, to notch their third straight weekly gain. The Nasdaq meanwhile climbed 0.8%, posting a four-week winning streak.

Several companies kicked off the third quarter earnings season in the past week with better-than-expected results. JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) all reported stronger reports than analysts had forecast.

U.S. stocks could face more volatility in the week ahead as Q3 earnings season shifts into high gear with reports expected from many of the big-name U.S. technology stocks, including Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), IBM (NYSE:IBM), and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC).

The week after that then sees high-profile companies such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) all release their quarterly results.

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