Stocks slide following weak sales data

New York • U.S. stocks are mostly lower Wednesday as energy companies tumble along with oil prices and investors look for safety following a drop in retail sales last month. It was the first decline in more than a year, and investors are buying government bonds and high-dividend stocks. The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates later in the day. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dipped 1 point, or 0.1 percent, to 2,438 as of 11:30 a.m. Mountain time. The Dow Jones indu...

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