Stocks Mixed Ahead of Slovakia Vote on Rescue Fund

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New York, NY (AP) - Stocks are closing mixed as investors wait to
see if Slovakia will block an expansion of Europe's financial
rescue program.

Sixteen countries that use the euro have approved a bill to
strengthen a European rescue fund, but Slovakia has been holding
out. The measure requires the unanimous support of countries that
use the euro. If Slovakia votes no, it would complicate efforts to
address Europe's debt jam.

The Dow Jones industrial average is down 17 points, or 0.1
percent, to close at 11,416 Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500
index is up less than one point, at 1,196. The Nasdaq is up 17, or
0.7 percent, at 2,583.

Rising stocks narrowly outpaced falling ones on the New York
Stock Exchange. Volume was lighter than average at 3.9 billion.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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