Some key earnings reports that came in stronger than expected pushed markets higher Friday, to end the week with a gain.
Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) had its best profit growth in more than a year. The 12% jump in revenue helped push shares over the $1,000 mark Friday. Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) hit a 52-week high Friday after reporting it swung to a profit thanks to strong revenue from its retail brokerage arm. And General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) soared to a five-year high Friday on solid Q3 results and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jeffery Immelt's statement that the company is "ready for a really strong fourth quarter."