Updated from 2:35 p.m. EDT

Down for the Week


At 5:45 p.m. EDT


Not the best way to end a week. The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

fell 62.68 points, or 0.8%, to 8268.64 Friday, though considering only six of its 30 stocks rose, it could have been worse I suppose.

The Dow struggled for the most part during the past five sessions, and all told it lost 306 points, or 3.6%. That was the worst showing since the week that finished March 6, but it was only the second decline in the last 10 weeks. Not that big of a deal.

So far this month, the industrials have gained 1.2%, while for the year to date, they've lost 5.8%.

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As for the few winners this time around,


(AA) - Get Report

was the best, up 3.3% at $9.03.


(MSFT) - Get Report

tacked on 0.8% to $20.22, and

Johnson & Johnson

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added 0.7% to $55.41.

Most of the losses were modest. However,

Bank of America

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dropped 5.7% to $10.67, and


(GM) - Get Report

gave back 5.2% to $1.09. Yes, $1.09.

On a points basis,


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(WMT) - Get Report

were the biggest drags, accounting for about 18 points of the overall decline.

Yes, It's Friday Yet


At 2:15 p.m. EDT


A sluggish day for the


. I don't really know how else to put it. Quite frankly, there just isn't a great deal going on to influence the direction either way.

So far the index has spent time on both sides of the flat line, and lately it was down by 50 points at 8281. Barring a nearly 300-point rally in the next 90 minutes, it will close lower for the week, which would be only its second retreat in the last 10.

Considering eight of the 30 DJIA stocks are in positive territory, it's probably best not to plan on much of a recovery.

Not the end of the world, though. We can't go up every week, even if most of us wouldn't mind that. The market's still a long way from its depths back in March.

As for individual stocks,


(GM) - Get Report

continued to stumble around multidecade lows. This time, it was losing 6 cents at $1.09. The latest news is that it's planning to pull the charters from

more than 1,000 dealers

and that it might be close to a

cost-cutting deal

with the UAW.

This day one year ago, it closed at $21.23. Two years ago it was almost $31.

The carmaker was also the worst stock on a percentage basis, losing 5.2%. The next weakest was

Bank of America

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, down 5% at $10.75. Looks like Washington wants

some change on the board



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(PFE) - Get Report

were each giving back about 2.2%.



(AA) - Get Report

was gaining 4% to $9.10 after Goldman Sachs had positive comments, but the only other winner of note was


(MSFT) - Get Report

, up 1.4% at $20.34.

I know. A little on the dull side. Don't worry. Weekend's almost here.