ALL OVER: Disappointing news on consumer spending helped pull stocks lower Friday in a quiet end to the market’s worst month in more than a year. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed August with a loss of 3.1 percent, the biggest one-month drop since May 2012.
NEXT UP: September could be even more difficult. That’s because the month is stacked with so many events that could shake investors’ confidence
FINAL SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 30.64 points, or 0.2 percent, to 14,810.31. The S&P 500 fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,632.97. The Nasdaq composite dropped 30.43 points, or 0.8 percent, to 3,589.87.