Stock Market Today: Dow Closes Lower as Tech Stocks Dive

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By Liz Moyer 

Investing.com — U.S. stocks sank on Friday, dragged down by tech as social media weighed on the sector, but the three major indexes closed out gains for the week.

At 4:08 PM ET, the was down 137 points, or 0.4%, while the was down 0.9%, and the fell 1.9%.

But stocks have been rallying since June on corporate earnings, which will continue to pour out next week. The Dow is up about 2% for this week, while the S&P is up more than 2% and above 3900, a key support level. The Nasdaq is up more than 3% for the week. 

Snap, Inc. (NYSE:) shares tumbled 39% after it said inflation and competition hurt advertising demand, and it declined to forecast results. It was its slowest ever sales growth as a publicly traded company. Snap, the owner of the disappearing message app Snapchat, said it’s going to cut back on hiring, as have other large media companies.

Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:) for profit, revenue, and user growth and blamed its performance in part on its battle with Elon Musk for chasing away advertisers. The company is suing Musk in Delaware to force him to make good on his $44 billion takeover, which he wants to scrap.

Twitter shares rose 0.8%. Revenue of $1.18 billion fell short of the $1.33 billion forecast.

Other social media stocks were falling, including Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:), down 7%.

In a broader view, so far 91 S&P 500 companies have reported earnings and more than three-quarters of them have beaten expectations, Reuters reported.

Oil fell. fell 1.6%, to $94.78 a barrel and fell 0.5% to $103.30 a barrel. rose 0.5%, to $1,722 an ounce.