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By MADLEN READ AP Business Writer Stocks edged lower in early trading Monday as investors, pausing after putting up big gains last week, readied for quarterly corporate earnings reports.   The Dow Jones industrial average fell 19.59, or 0.14 per cent, to 14,046.42.  Broader stock indexes also dipped. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 3.88, or 0.25 percent, to 1,553.71, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 4.84, or 0.17 percent, to 2,775.48.  Last week, a sense that corporations are likely to bounce back from some of the concerns that upended credit markets last quarter drove stocks higher. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 1.23 percent and set a new record, while the S&P 500 hit a record after gaining 2.02 percent and the Nasdaq composite index rose 2.92 percent. A pullback isn't unexpected following such gains.   

 

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