Stocks finished lower for the first time this week, with blue-chip issues drifting off Wednesday's all-time high close ahead of Friday's April payrolls report. Industry sectors in the S&P 500 were split nearly evenly between winners and losers, with gains for shares of consumer discretionary and utility companies offset by declines for mining and materials stocks. The Nasdaq Composite Index finished with a small gain, aided by a winning day for social networking and Internet companies following strong Q1 results by online review website Yelp ( YELP ).
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