(CNBC) U.S. equities closed slightly lower on Friday, led by health care, as investors digested Federal Reserve officials' remarks on monetary policy and falling oil prices.
"It looks like the market's consolidating a bit," said Ernie Cecilia, CIO at Bryn Mawr Trust. "We've had an interesting run." "When you look at [the S&P 500], if you go back to Nov. 4, it closed at 2,085. We're now around 2,180."
The Nasdaq composite fell around 0.2 percent after hitting an intraday record of 5,346.8 earlier in the session. The S&P 500 slipped about a quarter of a percent, with health care falling 1.14 percent to lead decliners.
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