Wall Street ends lower as 'cliff' talks sour

NEW YORK Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:51am IST

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, December 18, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as Washington talks to avert a year-end fiscal crisis turned sour, but the market's modest loss shows that investors still expect a deal.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 99.22 points, or 0.74 percent, at 13,251.74. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 10.99 points, or 0.76 percent, at 1,435.80. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 10.17 points, or 0.33 percent, at 3,044.36.

(Reporting By Angela Moon; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

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