Tech companies lead Wall Street down at the close

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US stocks ended down on the last day of trading for 2016.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 57.18 points at 19,762.60; the S&P 500 lost 10.43 points to close at 2,238.83 and the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index was down 48.97 points at 5,383.12.

Microsoft was the worst faller on the Dow, losing 1.17%.

Apple shares fell 0.8% on a report that the company will cut iPhone production.

The Dow posted its first weekly decline since the US election, but overall in the year the benchmark index has gained 13.4%, while the S&P 500 has made an annual gain of 9.5%