Stocks are showing notable weakness during mid-morning trading on Friday, as investors take profits from the recent rally and digest some mixed economic news. With the decline, the Nasdaq has once again slipped below the unchanged line for the year-to-date period.

On the economic front, the Commerce Department released its report on personal income and spending in the month of February. While the report showed an increase in spending that came in line with estimates, income fell by a little more than expected.

The report showed that personal spending rose 0.2 percent in February following an upwardly revised 1.0 percent increase in January. The modest increase in spending came in line with the expectations of economists.

At the same time, the Commerce Department said that personal income edged down 0.2 in February after a downwardly revised 0.2 percent increase in the previous month. Economists had been expecting a slightly more modest 0.1 percent decrease.

The final reading of the Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for March was also released earlier, showing a revised reading of 57.3. Economists had expected the consumer sentiment index to be lifted to 56.8 from the mid-month reading of 56.6.

trading, but they have regained some ground since then. The Dow currently remains down 128.39 at 7,796.17, the Nasdaq is down 29.14 at 1,557.86 and the S&P 500 is down 13.55 at 819.31.

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