Stocks End Modestly Lower

Major indexes wrapped up a volatile quarter as investors weighed the Fed's next move and looked ahead to the September jobs report

A tumultuous quarter for the stock market ended with a whimper Friday. Major stock indexes posted modest losses as Wall Street interpreted several new clues to the state of the economy. Much of the data was better than expected as investors track the continuing effects of a credit crunch, a housing slump and a possibly weaker job market.

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