daily volume of 629,000 shares over the past 50 days.
Dell Inc helped limit the Nasdaq's gains after lower PC sales hurt the company's profit. Dell slumped 7.3 percent to $8.86.
More violence in the Middle East also kept investors wary after Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day.
Sears Holdings Corp late Thursday reported a quarterly loss that was narrower than expected, but same-store sales fell on weak demand for electronics, sending shares down 18.8 percent to $47.49.
Volume is expected to be light next week with some investors away for the Thanksgiving holiday, and the market closed on Thursday and open for only a half-day on Friday.
The decreased liquidity could spell more intra-day volatility for the market, though fewer market participants could also mute action.
Volume on Friday was roughly 7.52 billion shares on the New York Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq and the NYSE MKT, well above the year-to-date average daily closing volume of about 6.52 billion.
Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 2,258 to 784 on the New York Stock Exchange. On the Nasdaq, advancers also had the upper hand by 1,446 to 997.