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Stocks close lower, pulling back from last week’s records

Trader Gregory Rowe, left, works on the floor

Trader Gregory Rowe, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Credit: AP / Richard Drew

Stocks pulled back slightly on Monday, retreating from the records the market set last week.

Consumer companies and banks took some of the largest losses. Small-company stocks, which have been outperforming the rest of the market for weeks, gave back some of their recent gains.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 54.24 points, or 0.3 percent, to 19,097.90. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 11.63 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,201.72 and the Nasdaq composite lost 30.11 points, or 0.6 percent, to 5,368.81.

Consumer discretionary stocks were among the hardest hit, following the closely watched post-Thanksgiving sales push.

Online retail giant Amazon fell $13.60, or 1.7 percent, to $766.77 after Citigroup analysts cut their price target on the stock, citing deep discounting by the retailer to compete during the holiday shopping season.

Monday’s declines follow what has been a remarkable rally in November since the upset victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. Investors have made big bets that Trump, with a Republican-led Congress, will push to deregulate energy and banking and cut taxes, which could lead to stronger economic growth.

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