US stocks fall in afternoon trading, extending weekly losses

US stocks fall in afternoon trading, extending weekly losses

Losses in technology and financial companies pulled U.S. stocks broadly lower Thursday afternoon, placing the market on track for its first losing week since January.

Utilities and real estate stocks eked out slight gains as investors sought out safer holdings.

A lack of concrete news on trade and lingering economic concerns have been weighing on stocks all week.

Investor optimism about progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China appears to be waning.

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