Stock Market Today: Wall Street Lays an Egg Heading Into Easter Weekend

Profit drops among Wall Street's big banks and slowing retail sales weighed down the major indices Thursday.

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Stocks fell across the board at the holiday-shortened trading week's conclusion as mixed bank earnings and cloudy economic data dampened bulls' enthusiasm.

The Commerce Department on Thursday reported that while retail sales did indeed grow for the third consecutive month, inflation clearly took a bite. March's retail sales were up 0.5% month-over-month, a slowdown from February's upwardly revised 0.8% growth and lower than expectations for 0.6% expansion.

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Kyle Woodley

Kyle Woodley is the Editor-in-Chief of WealthUp, a site dedicated to improving the personal finances and financial literacy of people of all ages. He also writes the weekly The Weekend Tea newsletter, which covers both news and analysis about spending, saving, investing, the economy and more.

Kyle was previously the Senior Investing Editor for Kiplinger.com, and the Managing Editor for InvestorPlace.com before that. His work has appeared in several outlets, including Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Barchart, The Globe & Mail and the Nasdaq. He also has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, among other shows and podcasts, and he has been quoted in several outlets, including MarketWatch, Vice and Univision. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism. 

You can check out his thoughts on the markets (and more) at @KyleWoodley.