U.S. stocks closed slightly lower on Thursday, but a rally during the previous three sessions left the main indexes with solid gains for the holiday-shortened week. Markets closed at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and will be closed on Friday for Christmas. The S&P 500 ended 3.32 points or 0.2%, lower at 2,060.97 and booked a 2.8% gain over the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 50.44 points, or 0.3%, to 17,552.17 and finished the week 2.5% higher. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite ended the day up 2 points or less than 0.1%, at 5,048.49 and recorded a 2.6% gain over the week.
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