Stocks fell sharply Friday, posting a sixth straight weekly loss — longest losing streak since the fall of 2002.
The 1.4% drop came a day after the market broke its longest losing streak in more than a year.
The market’s last seven-week stretch of losses began in May 2001, as the dot-com bubble deflated.
Stocks have suffered this month after a raft of weak economic news dampened hopes for a speedy recovery. Traders fear that weaker hiring, industrial output, and a moribund housing market are reversing a bull market that lifted the Dow Jones industrial average 20% the past year.