U.S. stocks ended a see-saw day slightly lower Thursday, the fourth loss in a row. Edgy investors continue to monitor the conflict in Yemen and the rapid ascension of the U.S. dollar, which is causing some companies to pull back their profit expectations for the year.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 40.31 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 17,678.23.
The S&P 500 index fell 4.90 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,056.15.
The Nasdaq composite fell 13.16 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 4,863.36.
For the week:
The Dow is down 449.42 points, or 2.5 per cent.
The S&P 500 index is down 51.95 points, or 2.5 per cent.
The Nasdaq is down 163.06 points, or 3.2 per cent.
For the year:
The Dow is down 144.84 points, or 0.8 per cent.
The S&P 500 index is down 2.75 points, or 0.1 per cent.
The Nasdaq is up 127.31 points, or 2.7 per cent.