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Aug 1, 2011 4:40 PM by Gene Cotton

Weak manufacturing report ends early Dow rally

NEW YORK (AP) - A see-saw day on Wall Street is ending with an 11-point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average.

The Dow started the day up nearly 140 points after President Obama and congressional leaders said Sunday that a deal had been reached to raise the nation's borrowing limit. But a surprisingly weak manufacturing report erased those gains and took the Dow down as much as 145 points. Stocks gradually pared those losses in the afternoon.

The Dow is closing with a loss of 11 points, or 0.1 percent, to 12,132. The S&P 500 fell 5, or 0.4 percent, to 1,287. The Nasdaq lost 12, or 0.4 percent, to 2,745.

Rising and failing shares were roughly even on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was higher than average at 4.4 billion shares.

 

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