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Stocks open mostly lower as COVID cases rise, investors track stimulus prospects

Stocks saw a mostly lower start on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 pulling back from record territory as COVID-19 cases continued to surge and investors tracked prospects for another round of aid spending out of Washington. The Dow
DJIA,
-0.35%

was down 68 points, or 0.2%, at 30,150, while the S&P 500
SPX,
-0.16%

fell 6 points, or 0.2%, to 3,693. The Nasdaq Composite
COMP,
+0.33%

edged up 8 points, or 0.1%, to 12,536. All three benchmarks ended Friday at records.

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