Stocks Slip, But Finish Strong for the Quarter

The S&P 500 marked its best first quarter since 1999, as investors sifted through a flurry of economic reports

The major equity indexes finished modestly lower Friday, but up for the quarter, as investors digested a fresh batch of economic data. End-of-quarter portfolio impacted trading, and volume fell despite a rush of activity in the closing five minutes, says Standard & Poor's MarketScope.

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