Stocks finish with slight gains...Oil futures trending upward...Ukraine blames Russian security services for cyberattack
UNDATED (AP) — Wall Street has closed the book on the second quarter. The final day of the quarter ended with slight gains after a broad rally faded in the last few minutes of trading Friday. The Dow and the S&P 500 eked out tiny gains, while the Nasdaq closed essentially flat. The S&P rose more than 3 points. The Dow gained over 62 points. The Nasdaq lost almost 4 points. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks gave up a fraction of a point.
UNDATED (AP) — In energy futures trading, crude oil prices closed higher for the seventh straight day on Friday. Benchmark U.S. crude gained $1.11, or 2.5 percent, to settle at $46.04 a barrel in New York. Meanwhile, Brent, the international standard, rose $1.14, or 2.4 percent, to close at $48.77 a barrel in London.
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine is alleging the Russian security services were involved in launching a massive cyberattack that locked up computers across the world. The Ukrainian security agency, known as the SBU, said in a statement Saturday that similarities between the malicious software and previous attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure shows the Russian intelligence services took part. Ukraine was one of countries hardest hit by the attack that started Tuesday. Russian companies, including the state-owned oil giant Rosneft, also said they were hit by the attack.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada has become the fifth state in the U.S. with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes. People began buying pot early Saturday, just months after voters approved legalization in November. It’s the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales in the nation.Those 21 and older with a valid ID can buy up to an ounce of pot. People can only use marijuana in a private home. It remains illegal to light up in public places, including casinos, bars, convention centers, restaurants, parks and concert halls.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit from candy maker Mars Inc. against a Wisconsin woman the company claims violated one of its trademarks with the brand of chocolates she makes. The judge in Virginia granted the woman’s motion to dismiss after she argued the lawsuit lacked jurisdiction because it was filed in Virginia. That’s where Mars is headquartered. Mars still has the option of refiling the lawsuit in Wisconsin.