The Associated Press
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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