US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P 500 ends down a tad, breaks winning streak

NEW YORK, Oct 5 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 broke a four-daystring of gains, ending marginally lower on Friday as anunexpected drop in the U.S. unemployment rate was overshadowedby concerns about the coming earnings season, which begins withAlcoa next week.

Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrialaverage was up 34.79 points, or 0.26 percent, to endunofficially at 13,610.15. But the Standard & Poor's 500 Index

dipped just 0.47 of a point, or 0.03 percent, to finishunofficially at 1,460.93. The Nasdaq Composite Indexslipped 13.27 points, or 0.42 percent, to close unofficially at3,136.19.

(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Jan Paschal)

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