Friday Update

Hey guys, busy morning so posting’s been light.

Markets are rockin’ on word that Italy managed to pass a 2012 budget without anyone being shoved or stabbed in parliament, so that’s kind of cool.  We also got word that the consumer’s mindset is in a better place than we had previously thought…

(Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in five months in early November as Americans felt better about the economic outlook, a survey released on Friday showed.

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s preliminary reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment rose to 64.2 from 60.9 the month before, topping the median forecast of 61.5 among economists polled by Reuters.

Apple’s having rough go of it this week but outside of that we’ve had four days up and one down this week (although Wednesday’s down day was an atrocious slaughter-fest).

I’ll be on the Fast Money Halftime Report from 12 to 1 on CNBC today, if you’re anywhere near a TV tune in!