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Stocks avoid a fourth straight losses
Stocks avoid a fourth straight losses

The stock market sputtered to an indecisive close Thursday, taking a pause after three straight days of losses. Small company stocks, which have slumped 10 percent from their early-July peak into what's known as a “correction,” recovered the most. Thursday's pause followed what has been tough spell for the market, including the Dow Jones industrial average's 238-point drop Wednesday and a weak September. The buying may have reflected people stepping into the market to take advantage of the recent declines, a trend of “buying on the dip” that has kept the market rising all year despite various geopolitical shocks and worries about Europe's...