US STOCKS-Wall St ends higher in short session, led by techs

Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:52pm EST
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* Tech shares rise in light volume

* S&P 500 finishes its second-best week of the year

* Retailers in focus on busy Black Friday shopping day

* Greece says IMF relaxes debt-cutting target

* Indexes up: Dow 1.4 pct, S&P 1.3 pct, Nasdaq 1.4 pct

By Leah Schnurr

NEW YORK, Nov 23 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose for a fifth day during a holiday-shortened, thinly traded session on Friday as investors picked up recently beaten-down shares of large technology companies.

Market participants were also encouraged by signs of progress in talks about releasing aid to debt-saddled Greece and piled into U.S. retail shares as Black Friday got the holiday shopping season under way.

U.S. stock market trading ended early and was closed on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.   Continued...