The stock market ended slightly lower on Monday, barely budging after an initial slide on disappointing economic news from China and Japan. Investors were discouraged by an 18 percent slump in Chinese exports last month, the latest sign of trouble for the world’s second-largest economy. Japan lowered its estimate for fourth-quarter economic growth.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 34.04 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,418.68.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index declined 0.87 points, or 0.05 percent, to 1,877.17.
The Nasdaq composite slid 1.77 points, or 0.04 percent, to 4,334.45.
For the year so far:
The Dow is down 157.98 points, or 1 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 28.81 points, or 1.6 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 157.86 points, or 3.8 percent.