NEW YORK — U.S. stocks took small losses Wednesday as energy companies fell with the price of oil and chemical and materials companies traded lower. That pulled the market lower for August, ending a five-month winning streak. The losses were small, and this proved to be one of the quietest months in recent history for stocks.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 53.42 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,400.88.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slid 5.17 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,170.95.
The Nasdaq composite declined 9.77 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,213.22.
For the week:
The Dow is up 5.48 points, or less than 0.1 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 1.91 points, or 0.1 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 5.70 points, or 0.1 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 975.85 points, or 5.6 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 127.01 points, or 6.2 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 205.81 points, or 4.1 percent.