UPDATE 2-AstraZeneca aims to escape drug sales trough in second half
* Focus on pivotal lung cancer trial results due mid-year (Adds further CEO comment cancer drugs, more reaction, details)
NEW YORK Oct 7 U.S. stocks ended down slightly on Friday as a drop in the British pound injected volatility to markets, while a weaker-than-expected jobs report was not enough to derail expectations for a Federal Reserve rate hike before the end of the year.
Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 28.42 points, or 0.16 percent, to 18,240.08, the S&P 500 had lost 7.03 points, or 0.33 percent, to 2,153.74 and the Nasdaq Composite had dropped 14.45 points, or 0.27 percent, to 5,292.41. (Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)
* Backlog of orders was $96.9 million at march 31, 2017 compared to $111.0 million at march 31, 2016
* First American Financial reports first quarter 2017 results