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The Associated Press
Date
April 3, 2014

How the Dow Jones industrial average did Thursday

The stock market fell for the first time in five days as traders looked ahead to a key report on the U.S. job market. Stocks had been rising on increased optimism that U.S. economy is poised to strengthen after a winter slowdown. On Thursday, Barnes & Noble plunged 14 percent after Liberty Media said it was selling most of its stake in the bookseller. The S&P’s index of biotechnology stocks fell 1.6 percent, dragging down the health care sector.

On Thursday:

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.45 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 16,572.55.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index declined 2.13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,888.77.

The Nasdaq composite dropped 38.72 points, or 0.9 percent, to 4,237.74.

For the week:

The Dow is up 249.49 points, or 1.5 percent.

The S&P 500 has risen 31.15 points, or 1.7 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 81.98 points, or 2 percent.

For the year:

The Dow Jones industrial average is down 4.11 points, or 0.02 percent.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is up 40.41 points, or 2.2 percent.

The Nasdaq composite is up 61.15 points, or 1.5 percent.

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