Stocks closed flat on a relatively quiet day for markets.

All three major indices were little changed at the end of Friday.

First up, the scoreboard:

1. Consumer confidence jumped more than expected in March, according to a preliminary report from the University of Michigan.

3. The US oil rig count rose for the 9th straight week to 631, up by 14 from the prior week, according to BakerHughes. Meanwhile, t

Chief Financial Officer Harvey Schwartz received a total compensation of $20 million in 2016, compared with $21 million a year earlier. Schwartz was named co-COO and president together with David Solomon in late 2016.

ADDITIONALLY:

The Fed might have buried a key policy signal in its March statement.

US shale producers are killing any hopes of a recovery in the offshore oil drilling business.

Warren Buffett's railroad is going to reap the benefits of coal's comeback.

Dividend stocks aren't as great as they used to be.

Wall Street has been "turned upside down."