NEW YORK - Disappointing reports about the U.S. economy helped push the stock market lower Friday.
Concerns that the Federal Reserve could announce plans to cut back its stimulus program next week also weighed on the mood.
Americans' confidence in the economy weakened in June and was lower than economists had estimated, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey out Friday. Another report said factories were not as busy as expected.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index sank 9.63 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,626.73. Media company Gannett fell the most, dropping $1.61, or 6 percent, to $24.99.