Worsening tensions in Ukraine and some weak showings from retailers on Thursday sent U.S. stocks slightly lower for the first time this week. The developments largely overshadowed encouraging news on the U.S. economy and labour market.
The Dow Jones industrial average slid 42.44 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 17,079.57.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dipped 3.38 points, or 0.2 per cent, to close at 1,996.74.
The Nasdaq composite fell 11.93 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 4,557.69.
For the week:
The Dow is up 78.35 points, or 0.5 per cent.
The S&P 500 index is up 8.34 points, or 0.4 per cent.
The Nasdaq is up 19.14 points, or 0.4 per cent
For the year:
The Dow is up 502.91 points, or 3 per cent.
The S&P 500 index is up 148.38 points, or 8 per cent.
The Nasdaq is up 381.10 points, or 9.1 per cent.