NEW YORK Dec 21 U.S. stocks finished lower on
Friday, after a Republican plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff"
failed to gain sufficient support on Thursday night, draining
hopes that a deal would be reached before 2013.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 120.88 points
or 0.91 percent, to end unofficially at 13,190.84. The S&P 500
lost 13.54 points or 0.94 percent, to finish unofficially
at 1,430.15. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 29.38 points
or 0.96 percent, to close unofficially at 3,021.01.
For the week the Dow gained 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 added
1.2 percent and the Nasdaq gained 1.7 percent. It was the best
week in the last four for both the Nasdaq and the benchmark S&P