Stocks dipped Friday, the last trading day of the third quarter, with Wall Street relieved about solid readings on the economy but cautious ahead of October's corporate earnings reports.
The Dow slipped 17.31, or 0.12 percent, to 13,895.63. The blue-chip index ended the third quarter 3.6 percent higher, and is up 11.5 percent for the year.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 4.63, or 0.30 percent, to 1,526.75, finishing the quarter up 1.6 percent. The S&P; is up 7.7 percent for the year.
The Nasdaq composite index fell 8.09, or 0.30 percent, to 2,701.50, and closed the quarter up by 3.8 percent. The Nasdaq is up 11.9 percent for the year.