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|NEW YORK Dodgers Sergio Romo Jersey , Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. stocks ended nearly flat Friday, with the S&P 500 marginally eclipsing its previous all- time closing high, as investors were weighing the market's continued record run against upbeat retail sale data.
The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 18.05 points, or 0.10 percent, to 17,634.74. The S&P 500 edged up 0.49 point, or 0.02 percent Dodgers Scott Kazmir Jersey , to 2,039.82, a record closing high. The Nasdaq Composite Index ticked up 8.40 points, or 0.18 percent, to 4,688. 54, a fresh high since March 2000.
Despite generally positive data coming out in the day Dodgers Sandy Koufax Jersey , investors hesitated to continuously push the stock market sharply higher, as major stock indices had repeatedly rewrote record book.
U.S. retail and food services sales for October increased 0.3 percent, said the Commerce Department, beating market consensus of a 0.2-percent rise. Better-than-expected retail sales showed a welcome sign as the holiday shopping season approaches.
The department said in a separate report that U.S. business inventories increased 0.3 percent in September, while business sales were virtually unchanged.
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However, the price index for U.S. imports dropped 1.3 percent in October, mostly led by falling fuel prices, while export prices fell 1.0 percent, the Labor Department reported.
U.S. stocks have been following the up-and-down pattern in intraday trading and grinding higher over the past few days, as investors are embracing decent economic data and corporate earnings while reassessing the valuation of stocks after the recent record-setting streak.
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Major indices were up for the fourth straight week, with the Dow rising 0.3 percent for the week, and the S&P 500 advancing 0.4 percent while the Nasdaq climbing 1.2 percent.
The CBOE Volatility Index, often referred to as Wall Street's fear gauge, shed 3.48 percent to end at 13.31 Friday.
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Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange jumped Friday on technical buying, with the most active gold contract for December delivery up 24.1 dollars to settle at 1, 185.6 dollars per ounce.
The U.S. dollar edged down against most major currencies Friday despite overall positive economic data from the country.
In late New York trading, the euro increased to 1.2525 U.S. dollars from 1.2487 dollars in the previous session, and the greenback bought 116.25 Japanese yen, higher than 115.71 yen of the previous session.
Actor Eddie Redmayne poses with scientist Stephen Hawking at the UK premiere of the film 'The Theory of Everything' in London on December 9, 2014
Scientist Stephen Hawking joined acting stars on the red carpet for the premiere of a film about his life Dodgers Kenta Maeda Jersey , "The Theory of Everything" on Tuesday.
Actor Eddie Redmayne, tipped for an Oscar for his performance, said he felt starstruck at the prospect of playing Hawking.
"I'd been a student at Cambridge and seen Stephen across campus, heard his voice, but I was pretty ignorant so when I read the script, everything was a revelation," Redmayne said.
"We felt an enormous amount of responsibility to get it right."
Redmayne Dodgers Kenley Jansen Jersey , known for playing Marius in "Les Miserables", has said he trained his body like a dancer to learn how to portray Hawking's motor neuron disease.
The film is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen" by the physicist's former wife Jane Hawking, who joined him at the premiere and is played by actor Felicity Jones in the film.
The film tells the story of the couple's beginnings as students in Cambridge, Hawking's diagnosis and ascent to fame with his book "A Brief History of Time". It is released on January 1.
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