Stocks Finish Lower

Thursday brings a slew of economic data. Investors will also mull earnings from IBM, Coca-Cola, and Nokia

Stocks finished with losses Wednesday despite positive news about the economy and earnings. An anecdotal report and retail sales pointed to improving economic conditions. An opening surge in prices in reaction to better than expected earnings from Intel (INTC ) was used by traders as a sell-on-the-news event, says Standard & Poor's MarketScope.

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