US markets edge higher, lifted by tech
US stocks held steady on Friday, as gains in energy and tech stocks outweighed declines in firms focused on consumer goods.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq index rose 0.5% to 6,265.25.
Bed Bath & Beyond was among the biggest losers, falling more than 12% after reporting weak quarterly sales.
The home goods chain said on Thursday that quarterly sales increased 0.1% from the same period in 2016, and sales through comparable channels fell 2%.
Home Depot also slid 2.7%, despite a government report showing an increase in sales of new homes.
The losses were offset by improvement in tech stocks, which had suffered declines in recent weeks.
Microsoft shares climbed 1.4%, while Apple gained 0.5%.