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Stocks Close Lower for Fifth Day Straight

The Dow Jones industrial average closed lower for the fifth straight day as worries about sluggish economic growth weighed on markets. The Dow ended the day down 49 points at 12,605, after minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting highlighted concerns about the U.S. economy.

Standard & Poor's Announces Changes to S&P 500 Index

Standard & Poor's will make changes to several U.S. indexes next week, including the S&P MidCap 400, the S&P SmallCap 600, and the widely used S&P 500. The changes, which reflect the effects of acquisitions and market cap changes, will occur after the close of trading on Dec. 17.