Stocks Finish Session, Week Lower as Congressional Impasse Moves Closer to Possible Government Shutdown

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Stocks ended lower Friday, finishing their first losing week since August as Congress appears set to take its latest round of budget disputes down to the wire. Worries about a possible federal government shut-down undermining the national economy weighed on investor attitudes throughout the week, although traders appear unsure just how severe an impact a shutdown could take on growth. Economic data was mixed today, with comments from Federal Reserve Gov. Jeremy Stein helping soothe fears of an imminent tapering by the central bank.




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