Stocks finished lower Friday as investors paused at month's end to weigh earnings from the likes of Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com Inc. Report, Twitter (TWTR) - Get Twitter Inc. Report and Chevron (CVX) - Get Chevron Corporation Report.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 185 points, or 0.54%, to 33,874, the S&P 500 declined 0.72% and the Nasdaq fell 0.85%.
For the week, the Dow declined 0.5%, the S&P 500 was flat (it ticked up exactly 1 point), and the Nasdaq slipped 0.4%.
The Dow rose about 2.7% in April, while the Nasdaq gained 5.4% and the S&P 500 climbed 5.2%.
For the year to date, the Dow has risen 10.5%, the S&P 500 has gained 11.3% and the Nasdaq has added 8.3%.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield edged lower to 1.629% on Friday. It remains on course for the biggest monthly decline since July, according to Bloomberg.
Consumer spending in the U.S. jumped 4.2% in March as most Americans received a third round of stimulus checks, and personal incomes soared a record 21.1%.
The personal consumption expenditure price index, the preferred measure of inflation at the Federal Reserve, rose 2.3% in March from a year earlier, the biggest jump in more than two years.
The S&P 500 closed at a record high 4,211 on Thursday after economic data pointed to a brisk recovery for the U.S. economy in the first quarter.
The jump in spending and incomes helped the U.S. economy expand at a 6.4% annualized rate in the first three months of 2021 amid fresh stimulus from the U.S. government, continued support from the Federal Reserve and the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations.
With most signs pointing to a rebounding U.S. economy, traders have turned their focus to corporate earnings, which largely have exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. According to Bloomberg, of the 284 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported results so far, 89% have met or topped estimates.
"The stock market has more room to run as first-quarter earnings are off to a strong start and the post-COVID-19 economic boom is beginning to be reflected in earnings guidance and nearly all major economic data points," said Rod von Lipsey, managing director, UBS Private Wealth Management. "We raised our S&P 500 price target for year-end 2021 to 4,400 from 4,200."
Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com Inc. Report ended slightly off Friday after reporting first-quarter earnings that easily topped estimates thanks in part to a surge in revenue from its web services division. Revenue jumped 44% from last year to $108.5 billion, topping analysts' estimates of $104.55 billion.
Twitter (TWTR) - Get Twitter Inc. Report posted better-than-expected first-quarter earnings and revenue but the stock fell sharply, ending down 15.13%, after the social media company fell short on expectations for user growth and issued a lukewarm forecast.
Chevron (CVX) - Get Chevron Corporation Report reported first-quarter adjusted earnings that topped analysts' estimates and better-than-expected revenue despite an overall decline in production linked to the global coronavirus pandemic and brutal winter storms in Texas.
Exxon Mobil (XOM) - Get Exxon Mobil Corporation Report posted stronger-than-expected first-quarter earnings and held its capital spending plans in place as it faces pressure from activist shareholders to accelerate its transition to lower-carbon markets.