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Stocks dip in quiet trading ahead of Memorial Day weekend
Stocks dip in quiet trading ahead of Memorial Day weekend

The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Major indexes fell from the start on Friday 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 Standard & Poor's 500 index closed down 4.76 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,126.06. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 53.72 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,232.02. The Nasdaq composite edged down 1.43 points to 5,089.36. Trading was light ahead of the Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. Just 2.5 billion shares changed hands on the...

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