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Stocks end sharply higher; GE, Morgan Stanley gain
Stocks end sharply higher; GE, Morgan Stanley gain

The stock market had another turbulent session Friday, capping off one of the more eventful weeks on Wall Street in years. The Dow Jones industrial average soared more than 250 points following strong earnings from Morgan Stanley, General Electric and Textron as well as some encouraging U.S. economic reports. It was the latest big move for a market which, with a few exceptions, has been on a mostly downward track. Stocks have had four weeks of declines, leaving the Standard & Poor's 500 index 6 percent below the record high it set Sept. 18. Investors have been riding wild market swings for much of the week. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 460 points...

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