Stocks Finish Lower
Stocks finished lower Friday as crude oil futures hit a record high before leveling off at $55.17 a barrel. The increase was driven partly by strength in heating oil and natural gas, as demand increases for the winter season, according to Standard & Poor's MarketScope. A strong earnings report from Google was not enough to outweigh lukewarm earnings and outlooks from major tech and telecom companies, which dragged down the tech-heavy Nasdaq.
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