Major US indexes slip, bringing a quiet close to a strong opening quarter of 2017.

The stock market is closing out a solid quarter on a soft note.

 

The Dow Jones industrials ended lower Friday, dragged down by a drop in Exxon Mobil, but small-company stocks posted modest gains.

 

The Nasdaq composite was higher most of the day but a late-day slide resulted in the index narrowly missing an all-time high close for the second day running.

 

The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped 5 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,362.

 

The Dow lost 65 points, or 0.3 percent, to 20,663. The Nasdaq composite slipped 2 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 5,911.

 

The Russell 2000 index, which tracks smaller companies, rose 3 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,385.

 

Three stocks rose for every two that fell on the New York Stock Exchange.