Indices closed with gains on Friday. Technology brands including Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and IBM stepped up. Stocks rallied on a variety of economic news. Crude oil ramped up for a second straight week. For the session, West Texas Intermediate crude added 1.2% to settle at $63.56 a barrel. On another note, retailer brands such as Sears Holdings, Macy’s and J.C. Penney posted gains on news from Nordstrom. The company tacked on 6.5% today after finalizing plans to go private.