Dow Slips 9 Points
S&P 500 also slips, Nasdaq edges up
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 20, 2017 3:11 PM CDT
Trader Michael Milano, right, listens to specialist Mark Fitzgerald as they work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, March 20, 2017.   (Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – After an early-afternoon slump, US stocks finished mostly lower Monday in a quiet day of trading, the AP reports. Banks fell along with bond yields as stocks declined for a third straight day. Lower bond yields hurt banks because they force interest rates down on mortgages and other kinds of loans. Utility companies gave up some of their recent gains. Most sectors didn't move much on the lightest trading day of the year. European markets mostly fell after the British government said it will formally begin the process of leaving the European Union next week. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 4.78 points, or 0.2%, to 2,373.47. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 8.76 points to 20,905.86. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.53 points to 5,901.53. The Russell 2000 of small-company stocks fell 7.43 points, or 0.5%, to 1,384.10.

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