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Before the bell: A weak start for stocks in 2014

The Before the Bell report is constantly updated to reflect the latest news developments and market moves in the premarket. Check back later for updates.

It’s going to be hard to match the stock market gains of 2013 this year, and the start of trading on Thursday suggests that investors are going to wait for clearer signals on global economic activity before committing: Stocks were down in Europe and Asia, while U.S. futures pointed to a dip at the start of trading.