WALL STREET

NEWS BRIEFS

NEW YORK--Stock prices pulled back a bit yesterday as the market worked its way through a quarterly "triple witching hour."

The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials slipped 3.96 to 2948.27, finishing the week with a net loss of 6.93 points.

Declining issues outnumbered advances by more than nine to five in nationwide trading of New York Stock Exchange-listed stocks, with 561 up, 1028 down and 457 unchanged.