Stocks ended down on Friday as a weak jobs report dashed optimism that the economy was emerging from a soft patch, leaving investors to hope earnings season would revive an appetite for buying.
Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> fell 62.29 points, or 0.49 percent, to end unofficially at 12,657.20. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 9.41 points, or 0.70 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,343.81. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 12.85 points, or 0.45 percent, to close unofficially at 2,859.81.
For the week, though, stocks rose: The Dow gained 0.6 percent, while the S&P 500 added 0.3 percent and the Nasdaq shot up 1.6 percent.
(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Jan Paschal)