Stocks ends down in a shortened trading week

In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, trader James Conti works on the floor, Thursday, April 14, 2022. Stocks wavered in morning trading on Wall Street Thursday as investors reviewed the latest economic data and corporate earnings amid lingering concerns about inflation and rising interest rates. (Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP)

Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Thursday as investors gave mixed reviews to earnings from four of the nation's largest banks.

The S&P 500 fell 1.2%, ending a shortened trading week with a 2.1% decline. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3% and the Nasdaq composite lost 2.1%. Both indexes also ended in the red for the week.

A quartet of big banks reported noticeable declines in their first-quarter profits as the latest earnings season kicks into gear. Volatile markets and the war in Ukraine caused deal-making to dry up while a slowdown in the housing market meant fewer people sought mortgages.

Citigroup rose 1.6% while Wells Fargo fell 4.5%. Morgan Stanley rose 0.7% and Goldman Sachs slipped 0.1%.

Bond yields rose again, sending the 10-year Treasury yield to 2.83%, and the price of U.S. oil rose, finishing nearly 11% higher for the week.

"With higher oil prices, higher bond yields, (it) implies the market continues to worry about inflation, worried about Ukraine, worried about the Fed's response to all of this," said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA.

The S&P 500 fell 54 points to 4,392.59. The Dow dropped 113.36 points to 34,451.23. The Nasdaq fell 292.51 points to 13,351.08. The U.S. stock market will be closed for Good Friday.

Technology stocks led the way lower Thursday, offsetting gains elsewhere in the market. Pricey valuations for many of the bigger technology companies give them more sway in directing the broader market higher or lower. Microsoft fell 2.7%.

Retailers and other companies that rely on consumer spending also weighed on the market. Amazon fell 2.5%. Energy stocks rose along with the price of crude oil. Exxon Mobil rose 1.2%.

Smaller company stocks also lost ground. The Russell 2000 fell 20.12 points, or 1%, to 2,004.98.

photo In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, trader Robert Charmak, center, works on the floor, April 14, 2022. Stocks wavered in morning trading on Wall Street Thursday as investors reviewed the latest economic data and corporate earnings amid lingering concerns about inflation and rising interest rates. (Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP)