U.S. shares lower at close of trade

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The U.S. stocks ended lower on Friday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.35%, or 85.51 points, to 24,146.79 

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The S&P 500 index retreated 0.09%, or 2.36 points, to 2,632.56. 

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The Nasdaq Composite Index was also slightly lower at 6,837.30, down 0.04%, or 2.71 points.

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The energy sector was the biggest loser on Friday as crude oil prices fell sharply. 

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The West Texas Intermediate crude for June delivery plunged 3.05% to settle at $43.90 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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In the meantime, the Gold Futures for June delivery gained 0.72% to settle at $1,264.70 a troy ounce on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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The U.S. dollar was mixed against its major counterparts on Friday as the euro advanced 0.2% to 1.0964 

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The British pound climbed 0.4% to 1.2914, while the greenback dipped 0.1% against the Japanese yen to 111.4750.

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On the economic front, data showed that U.S. consumer confidence rebounded in May as Americans' assessment of both current conditions and future prospects brightened. 

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The consumer confidence index climbed to 119.9 in May from 117.9 in April, according to the Conference Board.

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