Wall Street fell at the open on Friday, a day after the market logged its best gain in three months and as investors awaited data that will shed light on consumer sentiment and Midwest business activity.

* The Dow Jones industrial average .DJIdropped 45.87 points, or 0.46 percent, to 9,916.71. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX fell 5.92 points, or 0.56 percent, to 1,060.19. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC declined 6.70 points, or 0.32 percent, to 2,090.85.