In Check

Stocks rose last week on expectations that the Federal Reserve would take no action on interest rates this week. With oil prices falling, other data showed the economy is preparing for a soft landing. The Dow gained almost 171 points last week to close at 11,560.77, a 2 percent gain. The Nasdaq posted a nearly 4 percent increase to finish at 2,235.59, up 83.47 points. Ad stocks all increased as well. Omnicom was up 2 percent, closing at 92.32. WPP Group increased 1 percent to end at 60.44. Publicis Groupe closed at 39.61, up 1 percent. And Interpublic Group closed at 9.87, up 1 percent.