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Stocks little changed as traders weigh weaker holiday sales vs. higher construction spending
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, December 2, 2013 12:07 PM EST
Major stock indexes are little changed in midday trading as investors weigh encouraging news about construction and manufacturing against weaker holiday shopping sales.
After dropping at the open, stocks reduced their losses after the government reported that developers boosted construction spending in October at the fastest pace in more than four years. A separate survey showed that manufacturing activity rose at its fastest pace in 2 ½ years.
Retail stocks fell following reports that shoppers spent less over the holiday weekend than they did last year, despite turning out in record numbers.