Weak start for stocks on Wall Street; banks slide

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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 7:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is heading lower in early trading after a four-day rise as bank shares weaken.

Wells Fargo and JPMorgan fell after reporting revenue that was lower than analysts were expecting. JPMorgan and Bank of America led the Dow Jones industrial average lower shortly after the opening bell Friday.

The Dow was down 18 points at 14,848, a loss of 0.1 percent. It had gained 300 points over the previous four days.

The Standard & Poor's 500 was down four points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,588. The Nasdaq composite was down six points, or 0.2 percent, at 3,293.

M&T Bank slumped after saying it would need to delay its merger with Hudson City Bancorp after the Federal Reserve raised concerns about its compliance with bank secrecy and money-laundering rules.

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