Stocks edged lower on the first trading day of December. Ken Meyers has your stock market report on the Acadiana Business Index.

  • The Dow lost 60 points to close below 13,000 at 12965. The S&P declined more than 6 points to 1409 while the NASDAQ finished 8 points lower at 3002.
  • The major averages were down modestly in choppy trading Monday after the ISM manufacturing index unexpectedly contracted in November to 49.5 from 51.7 in the prior month.
  • News that House Republicans sent a counter proposal to President Obama to avoid the looming fiscal cliff failed to lift the market.
  • Eight of 10 sectors in the S&P 500 index finished the session in negative territory. Materials was the worst performing group with Dow Chemical falling 89 cents to $29.30. Industrials were also notable laggards. Owens-Illinois shed 69 cents to $19.34 while Lockheed Martin declined $1.75 to $91.55. Telecom was the best performing group. Shares of MetroPCS gained 12 cents to $10.77. Tech was a relative outperformer with Dell advancing 41 cents to $10.05 and Seagate rising 30 cents to $25.40.
  • Breadth was negative on the NYSE by a 3-2 margin on issues and 2-1 on volume. NYSE Composite volume totaled more than 3.0 billion shares. Decliners outpaced advancers on the NASDAQ by 5-4 on issues and 2-1 on volume. The 10-year note was down 1/32 to yield 1.62%.

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