Stocks ended lower on the final trading day of 2017, capping the best year for the Standard & Poor's 500 index in four years, the AP reports. Losses in the technology, financial, and health care sectors outweighed slight gains for consumer products makers Friday. Advanced Micro Devices gave up 2.6%. Trading was light ahead of the New Year's Day holiday. Prices for crude oil and natural gas climbed.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 13 points, or 0.5%, to 2,673. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 11 points, or 0.5%, to 24,719. The Nasdaq composite lost 46 points, or 0.7%, to 6,903. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.41%.