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Dow Ends Lower; S&P, Nasdaq Gain for 4th Week
CNBC.com | January 27, 2012 | 04:57 PM EST

Stocks finished mixed Friday, as investors digested a handful of tepid earnings and economic reports in addition to ongoing jitters in the euro zone. The S&P and Nasdaq posted their fourth weekly gains, while the Dow finished in negative territory for the week.

Still, all three major averages are still on pace for their best monthly gains since October 2011.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 74.17 points, or 0.58 percent, to finish at 12,660.46, led by Chevron led the blue-chip laggards.

The S&P 500 cut most of its losses but still slipped 2.10 points, or 0.16 percent, to end at 1,316.33. The Nasdaq added 11.27 points, or 0.40 percent, to close at 2,816.55.

The CBOE Volatility Index, widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, finished below 19.

Among the key S&P sectors, utilities lagged, while financials closed higher.

For the week, the Dow declined 0.47 percent, the S&P eked out a gain of 0.07 percent and the Nasdaq rallied 1.07 percent. Among the Dow components, Caterpillar was the biggest winner, while Travelers sagged.

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