Stocks closed slightly lower on Wall Street after a listless day of trading that left the market just below its record highs set late last week. Utilities and materials companies posted some of the biggest losses Monday. Energy stocks, technology companies and banks bucked the downward trend.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 2.97 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,436.10.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 22.25 points, or 0.1 percent, to 21,184.04.
The Nasdaq composite lost 10.11 points, or 0.2 percent, to 6,295.68.
The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks gave up 8.94, or 0.6 percent, to 1,396.45.
For the year:
The S&P 500 is up 197.27 points, or 8.8 percent.
The Dow is up 1,421.44 points, or 7.2 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 912.57 points, or 17 percent.
The Russell 2000 is up 39.32 points, or 2.9 percent.
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