WARM SPOT: Manufacturing in the Chicago area rose in February more than economists had forecast. The Institute for Supply Management's regional index for the Midwest rose to 59.8 from 59.6 in January. Economists had expected a decline because of the winter storms that have hit much of the Eastern part of the U.S. in the past several weeks.
SLOWER GROWTH: The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, significantly slower than first thought, the government reported Friday. The reduced figure reflected slower consumer spending than what was initially estimated. The Commerce Department had estimated earlier that the economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the period.
PLAYING HARD TO GET: The drama between men's clothiers Jos. A. Bank and Men's Wearhouse continued. Jos. A. Bank rejected the $1.78 billion offer by Men's Wearhouse, but said it's willing to meet with Men's Wearhouse to discuss a higher offer. Jos. A. Bank rose $1.40, or 2 percent, to $61.70 and Men's Wearhouse rose $3.34, or 7 percent, to $53.76.
REBOUND FEBRUARY: After a 3.6 percent loss in January, the S&P 500 is up 4 percent this month, its best month since October 2013. The index closed at an all-time high of 1,854.29 on Thursday. It's up almost 1 percent for the year.
BONDS AND COMMODITIES: Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note increased to 2.68 percent from 2.64 percent late Thursday. Crude oil rose 16 cents to $102.57 a barrel and gold decreased $6.90 to $1,324.90 an ounce.