How major US stock market indexes fared Thursday

U.S. stocks closed lower for the third day in a row Thursday, led by declines in technology companies and banks, two of the highest-performing sectors over the last year.

Simmering tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continued to rattle investors, driving the VIX, a measure of how much volatility investors expect, to its highest level since May.

On Thursday:

The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 35.81 points, or 1.4 percent, to 2,438.21.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 204.69 points, or 0.9 percent, to 21,844.01.

The Nasdaq composite slumped 135.46 points, or 2.1 percent, to 6,216.87.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies gave up 24.40 points, or 1.7 percent, to 1,372.54.

For the week:

The S&P 500 is down 38.62 points, or 1.6 percent.

The Dow is down 248.80 points, or 1.1 percent.

The Nasdaq is down 134.69 points, or 2.1 percent.

The Russell 2000 is down 39.78 points, or 2.8 percent.

For the year:

The S&P 500 is up 199.38 points, or 8.9 percent.

The Dow is up 2,081.41 points, or 10.5 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 833.75 points, or 15.5 percent.

The Russell 2000 is up 15.41 points, or 1.1 percent.

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