As of writing, the S&P 500 was up 0.1% on the day at 3,127 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat and the Nasdaq Composite was gaining 0.45% at 9,945 points. The Nasdaq was little changed.
Shares of cruise line operators took a leg down after the Cruise Lines International Association announced suspension of cruise operations from US ports, citing the ongoing situation with the pandemic.
Peers Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd also dropped about 8% each.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told bankrupt Hertz Global Holdings Inc it has issues with the auto rental firm's plan to sell new shares, the agency's Chairman Jay Clayton told CNBC on Wednesday.
Arizona and Florida reported record spikes in confirmed Covid-19 cases on Friday as states continue their phased reopenings and ramping up testing.
USA stock indexes closed mostly lower Friday after worries about rising coronavirus infections in several states undercut an early rally.
India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway win seats on UN Security Council
As per rules, five non-permanent members out of 10 are elected each year for two years. Some 191 member states voted on Thursday.
K-pop boyband star Yohan dies aged 28
His last update on his Instagram account was on May 31, which he captioned with, " I want to go on a trip ". TST's label, KJ Music Entertainment issued a statement confirming the news to local outlets, writing.
Donald Trump signs order pushing to reduce U.S. police violence
Democrats want to allow victims of misconduct and their families to sue police, an idea that Republicans oppose. While Trump hailed his efforts as "historic", Democrats and other critics said he didn't go almost far enough.
California, Florida and North Carolina urged mandatory mask use on Thursday as at least six US states set daily records for new coronavirus cases.
But Friday marked "quadruple witching", in which futures and options expiries occur, and that typically translates into elevated volume and liquidity.
Markets.com's Neil Wilson said: "Worries about the spread of the disease persist, though second wave fears are not exerting too much pressure as investors start to get used to rising case numbers - remember it's not cases that count, it's the lockdown and people's fear of going out that hurts the economy and corporate earnings". United Airlines fell by 2.8%.
Stocks started the day with strong gains after a report by Bloomberg News said that China was set to up its purchases of USA farm products to comply with the phase-one trade deal.
This article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the US print edition of The Wall Street Journal (June 20, 2020). However, the S&P 500 and the Dow are headed for their fourth weekly rise in five following a strong retail sales report and signs of additional official stimulus. Those gains came after a record surge in USA retail sales and the Federal Reserve announcing it will buy individual corporate bonds.