24/03/2012 09:52 AST

U.S. stocks retreated this week, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index having its biggest decline since December, amid weaker-than-estimated housing data and reports showing manufacturing contracted in Europe and China.

Stocks rose on March 23 as a jump in oil prices lifted energy shares. The rally failed to help the industry avoid posting the worst performance for the week among the S&P 500’s 10 groups, falling 3 percent as Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) slumped 11 percent. The Dow Jones Transportation Average lost 2.5 percent, the most since Nov. 25, as FedEx Corp. tumbled amid a disappointing earnings forecast. Apple Inc. (AAPL) advanced 1.8 percent after announcing its first dividend in 17 years.

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Ticker Price Volume
QNBK 124.80 275,932
SABIC 100.01 2,889,924
ALINMA 17.73 19,061,890
TAWUNIYA 92.21 115,275
WALAA 26.57 54,241
EEC 17.21 992,484
BURUJ 33.87 233,590
Index Closing Change
NIKKEI 225 20,296.45 -51.03 (-0.25%)
DAX 12,592.35 -7.68 (-0.06%)
S&P 500 2,502.22 1.62 (0.06%)
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