(CNBC) U.S. stocks fell on Monday, with investors adopting a cautious approach two days before the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting and quarterly earnings.
H&R Block leading declines on the S&P 500 after the tax preparer said the sale of its banking business to BofI Federal Bank had been bogged down by regulatory hurdles.
"Sentiment has been very negative; the markets have declined some and investors have gotten worried about economic growth, worried about Ebola, worried about interest-rate hikes from the Federal Reserve, and maybe about Bill Gross changing jobs. But really, we're still seeing, at least in the U.S., reasonable economic growth," said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management.
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