U.S. stocks fell on Friday, the day after logging their best gains in three months, as sectors that have led the rally pulled back.
Several reports pointed to a mixed economic picture on the heels of a government report that showed gross domestic product grew at its best rate in two years. Midwest area manufacturing was strong, but consumer sentiment slipped this month.
Confidence still strikes me as shockingly low, said Jeff Kleintop, chief market strategist at LPL Financial in Boston.
Consumers are still very pessimistic, and that is evident in individual investors' hesitancy to embrace this rally.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> lost 76.93 points, or 0.77 percent, to 9,885.65. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> dropped 7.86 points, or 0.74 percent, to 1,058.25. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> slipped 10.65 points, or 0.51 percent, to 2,086.90.
Among the biggest decliners, financials <.GSPF> fell 2.1 percent, while energy shares <.GSPE> lost 1.3 percent. Chevron Corp
On the final trading day of the month, the S&P 500 is up just 0.4 percent for October. If the index is unable to hold onto the month's gains, it will snap a seven-month winning streak.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr and Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)