U.S. stocks closed mostly lower on Thursday, with chemicals and agricultural companies taking the largest losses. The price of gold continued its long surge. Trading was quiet on the final day of a stormy first quarter that produced surprising gains.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 31.57 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,685.09.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index gave up 4.21 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,059.74
The Nasdaq composite index gained 0.55 points to 4,869.85.
For the week:
The Dow is up 169.36 points, or 1 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 23.80 points, or 1.2 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 96.34 points, or 2 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 260.06 points, or 1.5 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 15.80 points, or 0.8 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 137.56 points, or 2.8 percent.