Major indexes fell at the opening bell, as a drop in crude oil tugged energy stocks down. Uncertainty over corporate earnings has helped drive volatility.
It was the ninth positive week in the past 10 for the Dow and S&P.
Amazon lines up the last of its holiday sales, and the market closes early for Christmas. In between are reports from Steelcase and Walgreen.
Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index notch its second-best week this year.
The S&P 500 closed out its biggest two-day advance since November 2011 on Thursday, extending a Federal Reserve-fueled rally from the previous session.
U.S. stocks rose Thursday as upbeat retail sales and other U.S. data pointed to a strengthening U.S. economy and lifted optimism about consumer spending.
U.S. stocks lost more than 1 percent Wednesday in the S&P 500's biggest decline since Oct. 13 as another big drop in oil prices hammered energy shares.
A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday, after starting the day with small gains on upbeat economic news.
Stocks stay at record levels as investors remained confident that stimulus measures from the world's central banks would help revive global economic growth.
U.S. stocks closed higher Friday, with major indexes notching a fifth straight weekly advance after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate
he Dow and S&P 500 finished at record highs Thursday as data showed further strength in the U.S. economy and Intel gave an upbeat forecast.
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Apple's stock reaches a new high, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and introduce popular products.
Stocks had their worst one-day drop since February as traders worried about weak corporate earnings and the looming end of the Fed's economic stimulus.
The stock market is ending with a modest loss as investors wait for a series of big economic reports later in the week.
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