(CNBC) Stocks fell slightly on Monday as investors looked ahead to U.S.-China trade talks, which are set to begin later this week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 95.70 points, or 0.4% at 26,478.02. The S&P 500 dipped 0.5% to 2,938.79 while the Nasdaq Composite lost 0.3% to close at 7,956.29. The indexes alternated between slight gains and losses for most of the session before ultimately closing lower.
“Any real change or breakthrough is unlikely, but positive talks are going to be a catalyst for the market,” said Phil Blancato, CEO of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management. He noted this week will also give investors clues about the market heading into year-end.
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