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Stocks slip, pulling Dow back near 17,000

NEW YORK — After pushing stocks to records last week, investors turned cautious on Monday ahead of a batch of corporate earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average ended almost 50 points lower after closing above 17,000 for the first time last week. Investors moved money into stocks usually thought of as safer than the broader market: utilities, telecommunication companies and consumer staples such as soft drinks and detergent. Stocks that depend the most on a growing economy were among the biggest decliners, including small companies, consumer discretionary names, materials and industrial stocks. "All eyes have turned to earnings," said Joe Tanious, global market strategist...

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