US stocks lost ground today, as the month closed out.
Poor economic news and uncertain earnings reports are believed to have prompted investors to take profits on this last day of the month.
Both the S&P 500 and the Dow posted their largest monthly percentage gains since January 1987.
Still, the indexes remain within 20% of record highs each saw in February.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 288.14 points, or 1.17%, to 24,345.72, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 27.08 points, or 0.92%, to 2,912.43 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 25.16 points, or 0.28%, to 8,889.55.