By Angie Hembury
The Major Indexes began the week modestly lower Monday as concerns over the global economy deepened following a weak trade report out of China and lukewarm growth in Japan. The Dow dipped 0.2%, while the S&P 500 lost a meager 0.05% and Nasdaq lost a slight 0.04%.
Stock prices fell again Tuesday as commodity prices continued to suffer from Chinese trade data, and concerns mounted over the tension between Russia and Ukraine causing investors to book profits. The Dow shed 67.43 points, or 0.4%, the S&P 500 slid 9.54 points, or 0.5%, and the Nasdaq faltered 27.26 points, or 0.6%.
Trading was relatively quiet mid-week with the Major Indexes finishing the day mixed. The Dow fell for the third consecutive day, by 0.1%, while the S&P 500 ended insignificantly higher, by 0.03% and the Nasdaq picked up 0.4%.
Russia began military training operations near the Ukrainian border Thursday reigniting fears and sending the Major Indices to a sharply lower close. The Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq took it on the chin, falling 1.4%, 1.2% and 1.5%, respectively.
Uncertainty surrounding the Ukraine situation continued to spook investors and punish stocks Friday. The Dow fell 43.22 points to end at 16,065.67, the S&P 500 dropped 5.21 points to close at 1,841.13 and the Nasdaq slid 15.02 points to end at 4,245.40.
All of the Major Indexes finished the week in the red with the Dow experiencing its first five-session weekly loss since May 2012, losing 2.4% overall, the S&P 500 falling 2.0% and the Nasdaq picking up its first weekly loss in six weeks, declining 2.1%. And that's The Market In Review.