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U.S. Stocks Fall on Budget Debates, Economic Growth Concerns

U.S. stocks fell for a fourth day amid concerns over budget talks and economic growth as investors weighed prospects for easing tensions in the Middle East.

Red Hat Inc. slumped 12 percent after billings at the largest seller of the Linux operating system trailed estimates. Homebuilders gained 2.3 percent as a group after a report showed home prices increased by the most in more than seven years and Lennar Corp.’s profit beat analyst estimates. Applied Materials Inc. advanced 9.1 percent after agreeing to buy Tokyo Electron Ltd. for about $9.39 billion in stock.