U.S. stocks end lower as investors weight tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine


In this Wednesday, March 12, 2014, photo, traders Jeffrey Vazquez, left, and James Denaro work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Most global stock markets fell sharply Friday March 14, 2014 over persistent concerns about weakness in the Chinese economy and tensions in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


NEW YORK -- The U.S. stock market is ending lower as investors brace for a critical vote this weekend over the future Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

The region is holding a vote on Sunday, which is widely expected to back splitting off from Ukraine. The United States and Europe have warned Russia of consequences if it moves to seize the region. The United States and Russia found “no common vision” over the crises after hours of talks on Friday.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 1,841 today. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 43 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,065. The Nasdaq slipped 15 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,245.

Aeropostale fell $1.47, or 20 percent, to $5.83 after the teen clothing retailer reported a wider loss.