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U.S. stocks ended slightly lower on Friday, led by weaker megacap shares following their recent rally, as data showed U.S. consumer sentiment dropped to a six-month low. The TSX ended nearly unchanged.

The Dow was barely lower in its fifth straight day of declines, the blue-chip index’s longest losing streak in two months.

Tesla Inc shares fell 2.3% after jumping more than 2% on Thursday, when its CEO Elon Musk announced he had found a new chief executive for Twitter. On Friday he tweeted that the job went to former NBCUniversal advertising chief Linda Yaccarino.

The S&P 500 technology sector was down 0.2%, while the consumer discretionary index fell 0.9%.

Shares of Apple Inc and Inc were among the biggest drags on the S&P 500, along with Tesla. The technology index is still up about 22% so far this year.

“They’ve had an incredible run, so those valuation concerns are starting to manifest themselves,” said Peter Tuz, president of Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“To their credit, they have strong balance sheets, they had decent first quarters, so their businesses seem to be holding up, but there comes a point where valuations do matter.”

May consumer sentiment dropped to its lowest since November as a standoff to raise the federal government’s borrowing cap added to worries about the economic outlook.

Investors are concerned that the Fed’s aggressive interest rate hikes could push the economy into recession. Fed Governor Michelle Bowman said Friday the Fed will probably need to raise rates further if inflation stays high.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended up 2.01 points, or 0.01%, at 20,419.62.

For the week, it was down 0.6%, its third straight week of declines, as signs of slowing economic growth in the United States and China weighed on sentiment.

Canada’s inflation report for April is due for release on Tuesday.

The Toronto market’s technology group fell 1.1%, while heavily weighted financials were down 0.2%.

But some other sectors advanced, including a gain of 0.8% for industrials.

One of the major industrial stocks is Air Canada. Its shares rose 0.5% after the country’s largest airline reported results that benefited from resilient travel demand.

“It goes to show that there’s a lot of pent-up demand for travel, and consumers still seem to be spending on airlines and travel experiences,” said Greg Taylor, chief investment officer at Purpose Investments.

The TSX materials group, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, added 0.7%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 8.89 points, or 0.03%, to 33,300.62; the S&P 500 lost 6.54 points, or 0.16%, to 4,124.08; and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 43.76 points, or 0.35%, to 12,284.74.

S&P 500 utilities and consumer staples were the leading sectors, both rising 0.4%.

For the week, the Dow was down 1.1%, the S&P 500 fell 0.3% and the Nasdaq rose 0.4%.

The Congressional Budget Office said on Friday the U.S. faces a “significant risk” of defaulting on payment obligations within the first two weeks of June without a debt ceiling increase.

Among Friday’s gainers, News Corp shares rallied 8.5% after the media conglomerate beat Wall Street estimates for third-quarter profit.

First Solar Inc shares jumped 26.5% after the solar panel maker acquired Sweden’s thin-film solar cell technology firm Evolar AB.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 9.33 billion shares, compared with the 10.65 billion full-session average over the last 20 trading days.

Declining issues outnumbered advancers on the NYSE by a 1.46-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.49-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The S&P 500 posted 19 new 52-week highs and 15 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 60 new highs and 239 new lows.

Reuters, Globe staff

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