Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock...

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street at the start of the trading day on Nov. 13, 2014. Credit: EPA / Justin Lane

U.S. stocks wavered between small losses and gains on Friday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average eked out another record high. Virgin America jumped 29 percent in its market debut. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil turned higher.

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell less than one point to 2,039 as of 12:14 p.m. on Wall Street. The Dow slipped 15 points, 0.1 percent, to 17,637. The Nasdaq composite rose three points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 4,683.

VIRGIN SURG'IN: Virgin America zoomed in its public trading debut. Shares of the airline backed by billionaire Richard Branson rose $6.64, or 29 percent, to $29.64.

ENERGY JOLT: Energy stocks rose 0.2 percent as oil prices increased, a reversal from Thursday's slump.

Benchmark U.S. crude rose 34 cents to $74.55 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Energy stocks had fallen 10 percent in three months as the price of crude plummeted to a four-year low.

HERTZ HURTS: Hertz Global Holdings sank 10 percent after announcing it needs to restate its financial results for 2012 and 2013. The car-rental company fell $2.38 to $20.38.

NORDSTROM BUMP: The high-end retailer rose $1.18, or 1.6 percent, to $74.43 after reporting earnings that was higher than financial analysts had expected.

SPENDING BAROMETER: Retail sales rose modestly in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending as the holiday shopping season begins. The Commerce Department said sales rose 0.3 percent, after falling by the same amount in September.

EUROPE'S DAY: France's CAC 40 rose 0.4 percent and Britain's FTSE 100, 0.2 percent. Germany's DAX was flat.

EUROZONE GROWTH: The 18-country eurozone grew 0.2 percent in the third quarter compared with the previous three months. That was better than expected, but still sluggish and unlikely to bring unemployment down significantly anytime soon.

THE QUOTE: "The fact that the eurozone managed to expand at all in the third quarter provides a small amount of relief. But growth is still nowhere near strong enough," said Jonathan Loynes of Capital Economics.

CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 116.52 yen from 116.07 in late trading Thursday. The dollar weakened against the euro. One euro fetches $1.2498, up from $1.2466.

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