By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Stocks are broadly higher in afternoon trading Friday, placing the market on track to close out a choppy week on Wall Street with modest gains. The S&P 500 was up 0.6%, clawing back all its losses from a day earlier. If the gains hold, the benchmark index would mark its third straight weekly gain. Health care, industrial and technology companies account for much of the gains. Retailers and other companies that rely on consumer spending are also up following a government report showing U.S. retail sales increased more than expected in September. Energy stocks […]
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