U.S. stocks closed lower Wednesday, weighed down by Apple, Microsoft and other technology companies. Apple and Microsoft delivered disappointing quarterly results or outlooks the night before, setting the stage for the sell-off in the technology sector.
For the day:
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 68.25 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,851.04.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 5.06 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,114.15.
The Nasdaq composite shed 36.35 points, or 0.7 percent, to 5,171.77.
For the week:
The Dow is down 235.41 points, or 1.3 percent.
The S&P 500 index is down 12.49 points, or 0.6 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 38.38 points, or 0.7 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 27.97 points, or 0.2 percent.
The S&P 500 index is up 55.25 points, or 2.7 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 435.71 points, or 9.2 percent.