NEW YORK (AP) — Edgy investors sent stocks lower Monday on Wall Street ahead of U.S. corporate earnings reports and amid more signs of instability in Europe.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 36.18 points at 12,736.29. It was the Dow's third straight day of declines.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 2.22 points to 1,352.46 and the Nasdaq composite index fell 5.56 points to 2,931.77. Health care stocks rose the most, while stocks of materials companies fell the most.
Alcoa, one of the 30 stocks in the Dow, became the first major U.S. company to report second-quarter results after the market closed Monday.