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Wall St ends lower as mining companies slump

Published on Dec 3, 2013 6:05 AM
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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell on Nov 18, 2013. United States (US) stocks closed lower on Monday, with investors unable to find new reasons to keep pushing shares higher after eight straight weeks of gains, while the mining sector slid alongside sharp drops in precious metals prices. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - United States (US) stocks closed lower on Monday, with investors unable to find new reasons to keep pushing shares higher after eight straight weeks of gains, while the mining sector slid alongside sharp drops in precious metals prices.

The major US stock indexes hovered near break-even levels for much of the day after some encouraging economic data limited early losses, but turned lower in the last hour of the trading day.

Equities have rallied in recent weeks on expectations of continued stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

The S&P 500 has risen for eight straight weeks, its longest run since a nine-week climb between November 2003 and January 2004, putting its yearly gain at nearly 27 per cent. Both the Dow and the S&P 500 have hit repeated all-time highs this year.

 
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