Stocks lower on weak U.S. earnings outlook

Trader Gregory Rowe, center, works on the floor

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Trader Gregory Rowe, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday. On Monday, Wall Street looked as though it would open lower with Dow Jones industrial futures down 0.4 percent to 13,485. (Oct. 5, 2012) (Credit: AP )

Investors looked warily at forecasts for poor U.S. corporate earnings and weaker growth in Asia and decided there wasn't much reason to buy stocks.

The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 26.50 points to close at 13,583.65 points Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 0.35 percent to 1,455.88 and the Nasdaq composite lost 0.76 percent to 3,112.35.

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