U.S. stocks closed down on Friday, breaking five weeks of consecutive gains as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's announcement next Wednesday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 closed near 3-week lows, as energy led S&P declines for the week and the Dow recovered slightly from an earlier 110-point drop on Exxon losses.
In addition to the impact of upcoming central bank news, most analysts said stocks were reacting to being overbought in the last few weeks.
"This is a market that's basing," Michael Gibbs, co-head of the equity advisory group at Raymond James, said.
JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade, attributed the drop to "repositioning" and pointed out, as a "good sign for the market," that financials had held out pretty well during the day. Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase were two of just a few blue-chip advancers, while financials declined the least among the S&P's 10 sectors.
"Part of it is rates rising, although maybe in the short term [it] might hurt those involved with mortgages," he said. The rise lets "banks have a spread in borrowing, which they really haven't had in a while."
Loren Mark Coffelt, co-portfolio manager of the Empiric 2500 Fund, was also bullish on financials.
"They haven't played into a lot of the economic growth," he said, noting strength in information technology stocks.
Next week, the Federal Reserve will meet and is expected to announce details on quantitative easing and possibly interest rates.
"I think the markets are going to be watching [the Fed] very closely," Randy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab, said. "The most likely catalyst will be if the Fed changes that language next week, and I think they will."
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Much speculation has surrounded the timing of Fed action on the interest rate, keeping markets lower despite positive retail sales and consumer sentiment reported on Friday.
"The next FOMC meeting they're going to change the language because the economy is self-sustaining—why do you need interest rates at 0 percent? You've got a GDP rate of 4 percent [and] strong corporate earnings," Douglas Cote, chief market strategist for Voya Investment Management, said. "Strong economic growth is ultimately good for the markets, but in the short term, rising rates are sending the market lower."
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note jumped to 2.61 percent on Friday after beginning the week at 2.42 percent.
"I think rates are going up because yields went down on a fear factor because of geopolitical problems," Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital, said. "Now most of those [fears] have weakened."
Businesses inventories rose in July, while the consumer sentiment index reported preliminary September numbers above estimates and the highest in more than a year.
Energy commodities continued to trade at lows.
"Oil is a fear asset, gold is a fear asset, and they're all coming down. The market is looking past the geopolitical risk," Cote said. "Investors should take this as an opportunity to add to fear assets."
Earlier, low energy prices had boosted transports slightly, with airlines leading gains.
"I prefer to look at places where the energy drop is positive and clearly it's the airlines, and I think also auto sales, which is encouraging for other sales," Marc Chaikin of Chaikin Analytics said.
The European Union implemented a new round of sanctions against Russia on Friday, as did the United States, placing restrictions on firms including Russia's largest bank, several state-owned defense technology companies and five Russian energy companies.