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U.S. Stocks Retreat Following Worst Week Since 2012

U.S. stocks fell, following the worst week since 2012 for benchmark indexes, as concern over Federal Reserve plans to cut stimulus and an economic slowdown in China tempered gains in industrial shares.

Visa Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. slumped more than 1.7 percent, leading declines among large companies. Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. paced losses in technology stocks. Caterpillar Inc. jumped 5.9 percent after announcing a stock buyback and forecasting earnings above analysts’ estimates amid demand for construction equipment.