Stocks are lower after disappointing economic reports from the US and from China.
Car and truck sales in the US beat analyst expectations for August. Higher gas prices pushed more buyers into dealerships in search of fuel-efficient models.
The Dow dips below 13,000 after a key manufacturing index declines. Ford, GM and Chrysler post sales gains. Europe is in focus ahead of an ECB meeting. Netflix sinks on an Amazon streaming deal.
The company's business is hitched to a very unpredictable global economy, but investors are too focused on the small details.
Oil slips after a surprise rise in crude inventories. Second-quarter growth is revised up, but the pace remains slow. Pending home sales climb. The Fed's Beige Book is also on tap. WellPoint rises after its CEO resigns.
In 2 years, consumers there will be able to drive away in a brand-new Lincoln.
Investors bide their time until the Fed's Jackson Hole conference.
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