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Stocks Fall As Debt Default Looms

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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. U.S. stocks rose, after the benchmark index's biggest two-day slump since June, amid optimism that Janet Yellen will not rush to withdraw stimulus and signs that lawmakers could raise the debt ceiling. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Getty

NEW YORK, Oct 14 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell at the open on Monday as traders focused on events in Washington after weekend talks between Republicans and Democrats left the risk of a possible U.S. default alive.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 92.22 points, or 0.61 percent, at 15,145.27. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 10.48 points, or 0.62 percent, at 1,692.72. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 23.16 points, or 0.61 percent, at 3,768.72.

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