Investors unimpressed by S&P's brighter US outlook

Stock market edges mostly lower as S&P's brighter outlook for US fails to impress

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Luigi Muccitelli, center, work with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, June 10, 2013. The stock market is getting off to a mixed start as traders show only mild enthusiasm for an improving outlook for the U.S. government's credit rating. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market is closing mostly lower after investors were unimpressed by a rating agency's brighter outlook on the U.S. government's credit rating.

Stocks got an early boost Monday from news that Standard & Poor's raised its outlook for the U.S. government's debt, citing stronger finances and a recovering economy.

The gains didn't last long, and by early afternoon the market was drifting between slight gains and losses.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell nine points to close at 15,238, a loss of 0.1 percent.

The S&P 500 index fell a fraction to 1,642, less than 0.1 percent.

The Nasdaq composite edged up four points to 3,473, or 0.1 percent.

More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Trading volume was very thin at 2.8 billion shares.

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