Friday got started with a better-than-expected jobs report for November, giving stock futures a boost into the open.
But, the looming "fiscal cliff" continued to dampen enthusiasm for investors and dominate the conversation.
On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner set the tone for discussion in an exclusive interview on CNBC. The Treasury Secretary said that the Obama administration is "absolutely" ready for the U.S. economy to go over the "fiscal cliff" rather than accept a budget deal without higher taxes for the top 2-percent of wage earners.
And today, the high stakes game of financial "chicken" continued. House Speaker John Boehner spoke on Capitol Hill saying that there has been no progress in negotiations and that the White House needs to get serious.