The stock market suffered a setback in its gains after two more bombshell reports on President Trump dropped Friday afternoon. The New York Times reported Trump told Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting that he fired FBI Director James Comey, whom he called a "nut job," to ease the "pressure" of the Russia investigation, and The Washington Post revealed that a White House official has become a "significant person of interest" in the FBI's investigation of Trump-Russia ties; shortly thereafter, the stock market's upward climb reversed course.
Bloomberg described the dives as a "late day fade." "You [have] headline risk, and the market sold off briefly because of those headlines on a slow Friday afternoon," Andrew Frankel, co-president of Stuart Frankel & Co in New York, told Reuters. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq Composite still ended slightly up, though not as high as they were prior to the big news breaks of the day.
The stock market was rebounding Friday after a tough week riddled with devastating reports about Trump. On Wednesday, the Dow took a more than 300-point dive after reports surfaced that Trump had urged Comey to drop the FBI investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.