Stocks finish higher on optimism over budget talks - Article Photos 1/1

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange. Trading on world stock markets was lethargic Friday Nov. 16, 2012 after data showed Europe slipped back into recession and several big U.S. retailers disappointed investors with weak forecasts.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)