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Stock market has worst week since June

Oct. 12, 2012 @ 11:40 PM

NEW YORK -- Stocks closed out their worst week since June after investors looked over third-quarter corporate earnings reports and decided there wasn't much to get excited about.

The big indexes were mixed on Friday. But they were all down more than 2 percent for the week. That was their worst weekly showing since the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 3 percent for the week ending June 1.

On Friday, the S&P closed down 4.25 points at 1,428.59. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 2.46 points to close at 13,328.85, giving up an earlier gain of 75. The Nasdaq composite lost 5.30 points to close at 3,044.11.

Investors haven't had much to like this week, with mixed results from U.S. companies including Alcoa, Safeway and Yum Brands. Investors have seemed unsure how to evaluate the news. This week stocks have posted some of their biggest daily losses in the late morning or early afternoon.

Looking beyond this week, stocks have had a strong run. The S&P 500 is up 11.8 percent since June 1. The run-up suggested that investors were anticipating a strong economic recovery. Now it's put-up or shut-up time for corporate profits.

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