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A bleak forecast from heavy equipment maker Caterpillar sours the mood on Wall Street

July 24, 2013 - 1:11 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A gloomy outlook from Caterpillar, the world's largest construction equipment company, is sending stocks mostly lower on Wall Street.

Caterpillar said Wednesday that its earnings fell 43 per cent in the second quarter as China's economy slowed and commodity prices sank.

Apple rose after beating analysts' estimates for quarterly earnings.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 25 points, or 0.2 per cent, to close at 15,542.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell six points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,685.

The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index edged up a fraction to 3,579.

AT&T fell after its costs surged in the latest quarter. The company spent heavily on subsidizing smartphone sales.

Three stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was average at 3.3 billion shares.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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