Stocks end lower ahead of economic data

By From page B8 | July 30, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market fell modestly on Tuesday as investors waited for a batch of big economic reports later this week.

On Wednesday, the government releases its look at economic growth in the spring quarter and the Federal Reserve finishes a two-day meeting. The next day, a report on China’s manufacturing industry will give investors an update on the health of the world’s factory floor.

For U.S. investors, the key news comes Friday, when the Labor Department releases its monthly report on the jobs market.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 8.96 points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 1,969.95.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 70.48 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,912.11, while the Nasdaq composite slipped 2.21 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 4,442.70.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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