An unexpectedly strong report on U.S. economic growth pushed stocks higher Friday, capping off Wall Street's best week in three months.
The report showed the U.S. economy grew at a healthy 4.1 percent annual pace between July and September, the fastest pace since late 2011.
More important still to investors will be what kind of growth occurred during the final quarter of the year, when Americans typically shift their spending into high gear. Many economists believe that growth this quarter has slowed to as low as 2 percent.
A Las Vegas company that owns casinos in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa and Missouri fell victim to a cyberattack earlier this year, compromising the credit and debit card information of patrons, company officials said Friday.
Affinity Gaming officials said its system is now secure, but it recommended that customers who visited its casinos and hotels between March 14 and Oct. 16 check their card statements for suspicious activity and put a fraud alert on their accounts.
The company was notified Oct. 24 about fraudulent charges that may have been linked to its casino in Osceola, Iowa.
Drugstore chain Walgreen Co. said Friday its first-quarter earnings soared 68 percent. It earned $695 million, or 72 cents per share, compared to $413 million, or 43 cents per share, last year.
Revenue climbed 6 percent to $18.33 billion. The company booked $376 million in income during the quarter from its stakes in European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots and U.S. pharmaceutical wholesaler AmerisourceBergen Corp.