The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note on Friday. Major indexes fell from the start as oil drillers and other energy-related companies followed oil prices lower. Stocks spent much of the rest of the day drifting between losses and gains as investors considered a mixed bag corporate earnings and a slight increase in inflation.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 53.72 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 18,232.02.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed down 4.76 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,126.06.
The Nasdaq composite edged down 1.43 points to 5,089.36.
For the week:
The Dow is down 40.54 points, or 0.2 per cent.
The S&P 500 is up 3.33 points, or 0.2 per cent.
The Nasdaq is up 41.07, or 0.8 per cent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 408.95 points, or 2.3 per cent.
The S&P 500 index is up 67.16 points, or 3.3 per cent.
The Nasdaq is up 353.31 points, or 7.5 per cent.