Stocks End Mixed Ahead of Election

Disheartening data on manufacturing, construction spending, and auto sales weighed on equities Monday

U.S. stocks ended mostly lower on Monday with swings confined to a fairly narrow trading range before Tuesday's U.S. presidential election and a heavy dose of economic reports later in the week, according to S&P MarketScope. The market gave up earlier gains as traders digested a report that Ford Motor Co.'s (F) October vehicle sales skidded 32.7% and two downbeat economic data releases: October's ISM manufacturing index fell to 38.9 from 43.5 in September, while U.S. construction spending fell 0.3% in September.

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