Stocks close slightly lower, ending the week flat

U.S. stocks closed slightly lower on Friday as new questions surrounding government policy on both trade and the dollar cooled buying appetite, despite positive earnings releases. The main benchmarks ended the week roughly where they started. The S&P 500
SPX, -0.09%
fell 2.66 points, or 0.1%, to 2,801.83 and is flat over the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA, -0.03%
declined 6.38 points to 25,058.128, though it eked out a 0.2% weekly gains. The Nasdaq Composite Index
COMP, -0.07%
fell 5.1 points, or less than 0.1%, to 7,820.20, also ending the week unchanged. Among the biggest gainers on the S&P 500 on Friday, shares of Microsoft Corp.
MSFT, +1.79%
rallied 1.8% after quarterly earnings results.

See Full Story Stocks end day and week mostly flat as Trump stokes fresh worry on trade, monetary policy

U.S. stocks finish Fridays trade pretty much where they started the session and the week as losses in consumer-discretionary and energy sectors offset a rise in staples and financials.