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Most Stocks Close Lower After Erasing Midday Gains

The Dow was the only major index to close in the green, but only slightly.

As the stock market hobbles further away from

Friday's rally, so does the optimism that went with that eye-popping romp higher.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

was the only major market gauge to end above water.

Stocks opened lower in part after the

Bank of England

pulled a surprise interest-rate hike. Late in the morning most major stock proxies had managed to turn around and climb into the green, gains that lasted into the early afternoon. Market players were relieved that



Alan Greenspan

, in a

speech today, didn't say anything the market could take negatively. However, the peek into positive territory didn't last and the slight gains of the session were surrendered by early afternoon.

Some of the blame for the afternoon slump fell on comments in a speech delivered by Fed Governor

Laurence Meyer

, which some in the market saw as hawkish.

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On the

New York Stock Exchange

, decliners trounced advancers 1,758 to 1,169 on 783.3 million shares. On the

Nasdaq Stock Market

, losers defeated winners 2,257 to 1,608 on 995.2 million shares.

On the NYSE, 90 issues set new 52-week lows while 58 touched new highs. On the Nasdaq, 137 issues set new 52-week highs while new lows totaled 84.

On the Big Board,

Micron Technology


was most active with 11.8 million shares changing hands. Micron Technology was off 4 1/8, or 5.2%, to 75 1/2.

On the Nasdaq,

Global Crossing


was most active with 41.8 million shares changing hands. It was up 5 7/16, or 26.9%, to 25 9/16. Global Crossing,





have established a new joint venture company called

Asia Global Crossing

that will provide network-based telecommunications services throughout Asia.

Market data above are preliminary. Updated numbers and analysis will follow in the Market Roundup


3:03 p.m.: Stocks Remain Stuck in Negative Territory

Stocks flopped into the final hour of trading, with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

holding up the best among major stock proxies.

2:02 p.m.: Stocks Slip Back Into the Red

Major market barometers -- after most of them rose into positive territory in the waning moments of the morning -- were back in negative territory this afternoon.

1:23 p.m.: Midday Musings: Greenspan Relief Turns to Meyer Agita as Market Watches Fed

11:44 a.m.: Stocks Climb Into the Black

Most major market barometers woke up a little bit this morning after spending most of the morning asleep in the red.

10:58 a.m.: Rate Concerns Depress Stocks

Traders are looking at another down day, with most major stock proxies slumping this morning as interest-rate jitters were again preying on the market.

10:00 a.m.: Stocks Open Lower Amid Rate Jitters

Stocks were softer early on as interest-rate concerns continued to depress the market, notably in the wake of the

Bank of England's

rate increase.