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U.S. stocks slip ahead of earnings season kickoff

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Stocks fell, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 Index down for a second straight day, as investors awaited the start of the corporate earnings season.

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U.S. stocks closed lower Tuesday as traders awaited the start of the corporate earnings season. Alcoa reported its fourth-quarter financial results after the market closed, marking the unofficial kickoff to weeks of earnings announcements from U.S. companies.
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