U.S. stock benchmarks ended lower Friday, posting weekly losses as investors worried that the high number of coronavirus delta variant cases may be slowing economic recovery, despite new vaccination mandates announced by President Joe Biden on Thursday night.

How did stock indexes trade?
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average
    DJIA,
    -0.03%

    slid 271.66 points, or 0.8%, to 34,607.72.

  • The S&P 500
    SPX,
    -0.19%

    fell 34.7 points, or 0.8%, to 4,458.58.

  • The Nasdaq Composite Index
    COMP,
    -0.51%

    dropped 132.76 points, or 0.9%, to 15,115.49.

On Thursday, the Dow industrials fell 151.69 points, or 0.4%, to end at 34,879.38, the S&P 500 index closed down 20.79 points, or 0.5%, to 4,493.28, and the Nasdaq Composite Index finished at 15,248.25, a loss of 38.38 points, or 0.3%.

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