Indices cling to gains, try to hold into close of week Each of the major equity indices remains in positive territory, but just barely. The averages rallied from session lows following legislatorís comments regarding a framework for a compromise on the fiscal cliff. Advancing stocks are ahead of declining stocks by more than 2:1 and up stocks are ahead of down stocks by 5:4. Crude oil prices are higher by more than 1.3% and gold is essentially flat for the session. The Dow is up 12 points, the Nasdaq is up 9 points and the S&P is up 2 points.