The tech-heavy Nasdaq closed short of another record Friday while the Dow industrials and S&P 500 finished lower, but all three finished higher for the week and the quarter. Based on this, the Dow could end up the week with a gain of around 0.6 percent in the current week. On the economic front, personal income for February matched estimates, at 0.4% growth, while consumer spending just missed predictions, climbing 0.1%. Financials stocks led the decline, falling 0.7%. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was little changed at 2,368. The Nasdaq fell 2.61 points to 5,911.74. The Russell 2000 index picked up 3.57 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,385.92.
The S&P is on track to gain 5.7 percent and the Dow 4.7 percent for the quarter ending Friday, their biggest first-quarter gains since 2013. Meanwhile, an inflation gauge closely watched by the Federal Reserve increased 2.1 percent in February compared with a year ago, a five-year high.
DASHED EXPECTATIONS: NantHealth slumped 5.7 per cent after the health care information technology company reported disappointing fourth-quarter revenue.
-Yields on 10-year Treasuries climbed four basis points to 2.42 percent.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) spent the entire session trading lower, weighed down by a sharp decline for energy stock Exxon Mobil - even as oil prices recovered from earlier losses.
Crude oil prices were over $50 a barrel; almost 1 percent higher.
Six of the 11 major S&P sectors fell, with the financial index down 0.57 percent. The stock added $5.22 to $37.96.
BlackBerry turned in an impressive fourth-quarter earnings report, sending BBRY stock to levels not seen since September. The stock climbed $5.45 to $17.40.
Shares in FMC got a lift after the company agreed to buy part of DuPont's crop-protection business. (FMC) in exchange for $1.2 billion in cash and FMC Health and Nutrition. Shares in FMC jumped $8.42, or 13.7 per cent, to $69.92.
On Nasdaq, CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ:CTSO) was friendless, tumbling 95 cents to US$4.50 after it announced it would be raising US$10mln by issuing shares at US$4.50 a pop.
Morgue reopens as Kim's body reportedly leaves Malaysia
Kim Jong-nam's body is believed to be on Malaysia Airlines flight MH360 to Beijing en route to North Korea, according to Reuters. South Korean and U.S. intelligence sources say North Korea masterminded the attack, which Pyongyang denies.
-The Stoxx Europe 600 index rose 0.5 percent to close at the highest since December 2015. London's FTSE 100 is the biggest regional laggard - down 0.5%.
The S&P 500 posted 16 new 52-week highs and 1 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 87 new highs and 15 new lows. Rounding things out, Japan's Nikkei shed 0.8%, after reports showed consumer prices rose at their fastest pace in roughly two years, while household spending fell by more than expected in February, and the country's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in nearly 23 years. India's Sensex gave up 0.2 percent, while Taiwan and New Zealand rose.
OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude fell 15 cents to $50.20 per barrel in NY. Brent crude, used to price global oils, slipped 13 cents to close at $52.83 a barrel in London.
In currency trading, the euro weakened to $1.0684 from $1.0691 on Thursday.
William Cohen, a former US defense secretary and USA senator from ME , said Tillerson's visit was important for both sides. China, the North's biggest source of diplomatic support and economic assistance, has yet to respond.
Speaker Paul Ryan says he understands and shares President Donald Trump's frustration with the House Freedom Caucus . In a Twitter post , Trump took aim at the Freedom Caucus , a bloc of the most conservative Republicans in the U.S.
As if the Destiny 2 hype wasn't slowing building enough already, a fun little teaser video has been released by Bungie. There is a rumor about a potential PC version but no official confirmation has been given by Activision or Bungie .
Twitter has made this a great day for countless Twitter users who feel suffocated by the 140 character limit. Twitter does not officially raise the character limit, but stops counting username in character limit.
Priebus and other White House officials stressed that Walsh was the one who made a decision to leave the administration. Making America Great has the financial support of one of Trump's most influential backers, Rebekah Mercer.
She can be detained for up to 20 days before prosecutors file formal charges, meaning she may be in jail while her case is heard. Accompanied by two of her lawyers, she is belived to have denied all the charges including bribery and abuse of power.
While China calls United State's blockade in the South China Sea an "act of war", the USA calls it an "act of peace". A similar zone in the South China Sea could rapidly increase tensions in the region, experts said.
North Carolina lawmakers and the governor reached an agreement to repeal the state's controversial "bathroom bill", called HB2. It now moves on to the Senate floor, where it must survive two additional votes before moving to the House for a final vote.
Is it an unlicensed taxi service? The rules also cap the number of new drivers that can be licensed each quarter to 125. They also require all cars to have fare meters, and restrict the types of cars that can be used for taxi-like purposes.
Chief Olson says Cedar Falls Police respond to bar fights every weekend, but the bouncers typically break up fights themselves. KCRG has about five minutes of video from the outside of the bar, although it's hard to tell what's happening in it.
Three North Koreans cleared over Kim Jong Nam death
It was released as part of a deal under which nine Malaysians previously prevented from leaving North Korea have now arrived home. He said police still wanted to question four other suspects believed to be in North Korea.
If you live in Gibraltar, tell us what you think about Brexit
Spain's conservative government, which has been particularly vocal about getting Gibraltar back, welcomed the latest development. Gibraltarians want to stay British, as demonstrated in 2002 when they rejected a referendum on shared sovereignty with Spain.
Play Ms. Pac-Man in Google Maps
For example, search "do a barrel roll" and the screen will do a 360-degree turn, in honor of the classic Nintendo series Star Fox. So today (Friday) is April Fools Day-APRIL FOOLS! It will then evaluate the map and redesign it into a level from the game.
Woman strikes Capitol Police cruiser, taken into custody
As the crowd huddled in a partially covered alcove at the entrance, talk ran through the crowd that they'd heard gunfire. A District of Columbia police spokeswoman, Margarita Mikhaylova, says it's possible that an officer fired shots.
Senate intel panel working on Russia probe
Asked if retired national security adviser Mike Flynn had been requested to attend, Mr Burr said it was "safe to say" he had. While House Intelligence Committee members say their probe has ground to a halt, Sens.
Chelsea reportedly agrees £35m deal for Monaco star
The Monaco star has been linked with a number of clubs around Europe since impressing for the Ligue 1 outfit this season. If they offer me that, I do not see why I would refuse.' But he said, 'I have time.
North Korea tests new high-thrust rocket engine
Kim called the test "a great event of historic significance" for the country's indigenous rocket industry, the KCNA report said. It might though soon be able to demonstrate that it had perfected an ICBM system's booster rocket stage.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) Adds More Features
If you're familiar with how Snapchat works, then you'll be right at home with Facebook stories because it's a blatant ripoff. FILE - In this May 16, 2012 file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia.
Got a Ford Escape, Fiesta, Fusion? It may be recalled
Dealers will replace all four side door latches with a more robust service door latch at no cost to the customer. Ford also has a recall for a limited number of 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks to replace the drive shaft.
Washington County ranked healthiest in Oregon
Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and African Americans continued to be the groups with the highest rates of premature deaths. It's drug overdose death rate is six per 100,000 people; the highest rate in the state is 18 per 100,000 in Scott County.