Stocks tumbled in the final hour of trading to close lower as investors took profits ahead of a key government jobs report on Friday, and as energy shares extended losses after crude oil plunged below $100.
Stocks tumbled in the final hour of trading as investors took profits ahead of a government jobs report on Friday, and as energy shares extended losses after crude oil plunged below $100.
Stocks turned mixed as retail and tech stocks helped to pare gains, and lifted the Nasdaq into positive territory.
Stock futures added to losses after news of a 43,000 jump in jobless claims.
Robust earnings reports and new money from fund managers may put a bounce into stocks at the start of the week, but the focus will quickly turn to economic news, especially Friday's April jobs report.
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Stocks closed far off the lows of the session, with the broad market ending largely flat, as investors weighed mixed earnings and economic reports and tech stocks sank for a second day.
Stocks held slight losses before the close, after a breif stint in positive territory, as investors weighed mixed earnings and economic reports and tech stocks sank for a second day. Caterpillar and DuPont fell, while Home Depot rose.