Wall Street took profits off recent gains in the stock market
after the last minute deal to end the budget crisis left investors
concerned about the health of the economy and outlook for year-end
earnings. But two of the three major indices managed to end in the
green, with the Dow Industrial pulling off a late rally to end just
below even after spending the bulk of the regular session weighed
down by disappointing earnings from IBM (
) and Goldman Sachs (
). Bearish economic data on employment and business confidence
along with a downgrade in US debt by a Chinese rating agency all
underscored the deterioration in consumer and investor
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