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Stocks Close Lower On Day 2 Of Government Shutdown

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Trader Christopher Malloy works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The stock market is closing slightly lower as investors weigh the possibility that political gridlock may keep the government partially closed for some time. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) | AP

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended lower on Wednesday on the second day of a partial U.S. government shutdown shortly before congressional leaders and President Barack Obama were scheduled to meet to discuss the budget impasse and raising the U.S. debt limit.

Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 61.71 points, or 0.41 percent, at 15,129.99. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 1.35 points, or 0.08 percent, at 1,693.65. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 2.96 points, or 0.08 percent, at 3,815.02.

(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Kenneth Barry)

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