U.S. Stocks Close Lower As Investors Fret Fed Rate Decision

By Wallace Witkowski Markets MarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks closed lower Friday, little changed for the week, as investors fretted over the possibility of a Federal Reserve rate hike in September. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 45.13 points, or 0.2%, to close at 18,552.57, for a weekly decline of 0.1%. The S&P 500 index fell 3.15 points, or 0.1%, to close at 2,183.87, for a weekly decline of less than 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite index shed 1.77 points, or less than 0.1%, to finish at 5,238.38, for a weekly rise of 0.1% and an eighth straight week of gains.

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