Stocks End Mixed amid Oil, Wal-Mart News

Crude futures slid below $59. Also in focus: Wal-Mart's smallest monthly same-store sales increase in six years

Stocks finished mixed Monday, recovering from opening lows but faltering in the final hour amid tumbling oil prices, new economic data and a retail giant's soft sales report. Traders were adjusting their portfolios for the end of the month and debating whether to join the recent rally, says Standard & Poor's Equity Research.

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