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U.S. Stocks Fall as Retailers Slump Amid Stimulus Concern

U.S. stocks fell, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its biggest decline since June 24, as retailers’ results disappointed and trade data fueled concern the Federal Reserve may reduce its bond purchases this year.

American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and CVS Caremark Corp. slumped more than 2.8 percent. Newmont Mining Corp. lost 6.5 percent as gold tumbled. International Business Machines Corp. retreated 2.3 percent after requiring most U.S. employees in its hardware division to take a week off amid slowing demand. Washington Post Co. rallied 4.3 percent as Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos agreed to buy its newspaper assets.