Wall Street edges lower in thin trade

NEW YORK Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:10pm IST

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, December 21, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged lower on Monday after the S&P 500 suffered its worst drop since mid-November on continued worry legislators will be unable to reach a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff."

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 27.95 points, or 0.21 percent, to 13,162.89. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index dropped 2.55 points, or 0.18 percent, to 1,427.60. The Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 6.23 points, or 0.21 percent, to 3,014.78.

(Reporting by Edward Krudy; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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