Markets Right Now: Stocks closing lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) " The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Stocks are closing mostly lower on Wall Street Friday, weighed down by new data showing weaker-than-expected retail sales and a drop in producer prices in July.

Mining and chemicals companies fell the most, while energy companies rose along with the price of oil.

The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index both retreated from Thursday's record highs. The Dow closed down 37 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,576. The S&P fell 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,184. The Nasdaq composite reached a new high, up 5 points, or 0.1 percent to 5,232.

Bond prices rose and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.51 percent. Oil rose 2.3 percent to $44.49 a barrel in New York.

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12:00

Stocks are trading lower on Wall Street Friday, retreating from all-time highs reached a day earlier as new data showed weak retail spending and producer prices.

The Commerce Department said that Americans spent less at grocery stores, clothing shops, sporting goods and electronics and appliance outlets in July. Falling energy, clothing, and food prices dragged down producer prices by the largest amount in almost a year.

Major indexes retreated from Thursday's record highs. The Dow Jones industrial average is down 40 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,573. The Standard & Poor's 500 is down 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,184. The Nasdaq composite is down 4 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,225.

Oil rose nearly 2 percent to $44.30 a barrel in New York. Bond prices rose and the yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.49 percent.

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9:45 a.m.

Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street Friday after U.S. retail sales and producer price index come in softer than expected in July.

Weakness seen as sign of consumer caution, although falling gasoline prices also contributed.

Retail earnings again in focus, with Nordstrom rising on larger than expected profit and Dillard's down on weak sales at existing stores. J.C. Penney rising on narrower loss and improved sales.

Major indexes retreated from Thursday's record highs. The Dow Jones industrial average down 27 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,587. The Standard & Poor's 500 is down 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,182. The Nasdaq composite is down 8 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,220.

Oil is up 0.7 percent to $43.78 a barrel in New York. Bond prices are rising and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.50 percent.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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