NEW YORK (March 14, 2014) Stocks closed down Friday as investors braced for a critical vote this weekend on the future Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.
The Crimean region is holding a vote on Sunday, which is widely expected to back splitting off from Ukraine.
The U.S. and Europe have warned Russia of consequences if it moves to seize the region and the U.S. and Russia found "no common vision" over the crises after hours of talks on Friday.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 1,841 Friday.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 43 points, or 0.3 percent, to end at 16,065.
The Nasdaq slipped 15 points, or 0.4 percent, to end the day at 4,245.
Aeropostale fell $1.47, or 20 percent, to $5.83 after the teen clothing retailer reported a wider loss.