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Stocks drift lower as corporate earnings wind down

Friday - 5/9/2014, 12:14pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are drifting lower in midday trading as U.S. corporate earnings wind down.

CBS fell 4 percent after the media company's first-quarter revenue fell short of analysts' projections. Advertising sales at television's top-rated network slumped 12 percent.

Ralph Lauren fell 3 percent after its revenue forecast disappointed investors.

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,537 as of noon Eastern time Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell four points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,871. The Nasdaq composite gave up eight points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,043.

Symantec rose 4 percent after the security software maker said cost cuts helped boost its profit margins.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.61 percent.


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