Market Extra: The Dow’s streak of quarterly gains is at risk of ending at nine

The recent weakness in the U.S. stock market may spell the end of a couple of major streaks.

This week marks the final trading week of the first quarter of 2018, and at current levels it remains a toss-up whether major indexes will extend or end lengthy winning runs of quarterly gains.

With just one trading session left in the first three months of the year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.04% is down 3.5% for the quarter. If it closes in negative territory for the period, which seems likely, that will snap a nine-quarter streak of gains, the longest such streak for the blue-chip average since an 11-quarter rally that ended in the third quarter of 1997.

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