Data measuring the mood of consumers and Citigroup's earnings are two reports traders will be watching Friday.
The winning streak in financial stocks continued for a fifth day Thursday, with BlackRock and Bank of America shares rising after earnings announcements. Wells Fargo was lower after its report. Bank of America profits fell nearly 20 percent but it reported improvement in consumer and commercial banking activity. The S&P financial sector is up more than 4 percent for the week so far. The S&P 500 closed just slightly higher Thursday, up less than a point at 2,082.
Consumer sentiment is reported at 10 a.m. EDT, and it will be the first look at the data for April. March retail sales this week disappointed and showed a consumer less willing to spend than expected. Sentiment is projected to rise slightly to 92 from 91.