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Stocks Fall As Budget Talks Falter In Washington – Bond Trading Closed For Columbus Day

Markets Slide Downward As Government Shutdown Enters Second Week by Spencer Platt, Getty Images
Spencer Platt, Getty Images

NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street after a breakdown in budget talks brought the nation closer to a potentially disastrous default on its debt.

There was also no immediate hope for reopening the U.S. government, which was entering a third week of partial shutdown.

Negotiations to clear a path for a new budget agreement ended Sunday at an impasse.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 66 points, or 0.4 percent, at 15,170 in early trading Monday.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down seven points, or 0.4 percent, at 1,695. The Nasdaq composite lost 14 points, or 0.4 percent, to 3,777.

Earnings season goes into high gear this week. Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and Citigroup report results Tuesday.

Bond trading is closed Monday for Columbus Day.

 

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