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Stocks slip after weaker economic growth, but end best month since 2011
Stocks slip after weaker economic growth, but end best month since 2011

February proved to be a strong month for U.S. stocks, even though it ended in downbeat fashion. Major stock indexes closed lower on Friday, capping a week of subdued trading that still delivered a couple of new highs for the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index. It also brought the Nasdaq composite within striking distance of its March 2000 high. The Nasdaq notched the biggest monthly gain at 7.1%. But the S&P 500's 5.5% performance marked its best monthly increase since October 2011, and a turnaround from its 3.1% slide in January. The Dow rose 5.6% for the month. Trading was listless for much of Friday as investors balanced encouraging reports on...

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