Over the past two months, as stocks have declined, the financial press as come up with a number of reasons why investors should consider avoiding the stock market. So what information should investors ignore this month?
U.S. stock indexes ended modestly lower Friday, narrowly missing a fourth record-high close this week for the Nasdaq composite index. Phone companies, banks and materials stocks were among the big decliners. Technology stocks gained the most, while health care and energy also bucked the broader market slide. Crude oil prices rose.