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U.S. Stocks Decline After Best Three-Day Rally Since March 2009

U.S. stocks declined as better-than-forecast manufacturing growth and a rally in French and Spanish bonds were not enough to extend the biggest three-day gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since March 2009.

Financial stocks fell the most in the S&P 500 among 10 industries, dropping 1 percent, as Massachusetts sued some of the largest lenders over foreclosure practices. Alcoa Inc. lost