Stocks Finish Lower

Traders kept a wary eye on Mideast developments, while a big merger deal sparked buying in the banking sector

Stocks lost ground in the final hour of trading Monday to finish with modest losses. Though a few major merger deals sparked buying in some sectors, major indexes were unable to mount any sustained advance. Also, geopolitical developments -- especially Iran's seizure of three British military vessels -- may have kept a lid on the market.

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