The major stock indexes eked out gains last week as investors weighed strong earnings reports and Procter & Gamble Co.'s proposed $57 billion acquisition of Gillette Co. against weak economic data and uncertainty over the elections in Iraq.
The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 0.3 percent for the week to close at 10,427.20. The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index finished the week up 0.3 percent, at 1,171.36. The Nasdaq composite index barely moved, closing at 2,035.83, a 0.1 percent gain.
Stocks in Washington area companies fell. The Washington Post-Bloomberg regional stock index closed Friday at 260.12, down 1.31 for the week. The Potomac Tech 60 closed at 716.53, down 5.78.
-- Bill Brubaker