Stocks Finish Mixed

The big question for investors: Will the Federal Reserve cut interest rates by 25 or 50 basis points next week?

Blue chip indexes rose slightly, while the Nasdaq finished with a small loss in a choppy session Friday as the debate rages over what the Federal Reserve will do with respect to interest rates next week. Recent economic statistics have yet to show the growth spurt that many were looking for following the Iraqi war, notes Standard & Poor's MarketScope. The question for the Fed and the market is whether they will cut rates by 25 or 50 basis points.

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