United States stocks veer lower in afternoon trading; oil closes lower

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USA stocks ended higher on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting its ninth straight record close, as investors continued to cheer on better-than-expected employment data.

Shares of Alibaba soared 3.59 percent to close at 158.84 USA dollars a share on Monday, while Marriot stocks rose 1.10 percent to close at 106.17 US dollars a share.

With the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq all topping record highs over the summer and growing by over 10 percent, some market experts are concerned about an impending pullback.

The large-cap S&P 500 Index (NYSEARCA:SPY) rose 0.2% to close at 2,480.91. The stock fell 59 cents to $13.02. The stock was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500, adding $8.17 to $45.40. On the Nasdaq, 1,367 issues fell and 881 advanced. Brent crude, the worldwide standard, lost 5 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $52.37 a barrel in London.

Bond prices were little changed. Brent crude, the worldwide standard, lost 28 cents to $52.09 a barrel in London.

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In other energy futures trading, wholesale gasoline dipped 1 cent to $1.62 a gallon. Heating oil fell 1 cent to $1.63 a gallon.

Treasury prices ended modestly higher, leaving the benchmark 10-year yield down by a basis point at 2.26%.

NO ALARM: Envision Healthcare was up 4.5 percent after the ambulatory surgery center company said it will sell its medical transportation business to KKR. KLA-Tencor rose $3.18, or 3.6 percent, to $92.01.

"Despite precious few game changing economic policies from Trump thus far, the latest USA jobs data coupled with elevated business confidence numbers suggest firms remain bullish for the U.S. economy going forward", said Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG.

The question now: Which of the price-weighted index's holdings will push the Dow Jones over the next hurdle? Japan's Nikkei 225 Index, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index and China's Shanghai Composite Index all climbed by 0.5%.

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