What Happened in the Stock Market Today

Stocks took a step back on Friday after setting new all-time highs in the previous trading session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) and the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) indexes both ticked down by less than half of a percentage point:Today’s stock market: Index Percentage Change Point Change Dow (0.20%) (37) S&P 500 (0.08%) (2) Data source: Yahoo! Finance. In economic news, retail sales rose at a slower pace in the month of July, according to the latest official data. Automotive stores and online retailers stood out as winners last month while sporting goods sellers, book stores, and department stores suffered minor declines. Meanwhile, fresh earnings reports drove unusually active trading in several stocks on Friday. NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), which saw its sales growth accelerate in Q2, hit a new high, and Nordstrom…

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