Stock market opens lower on Fed pullback concerns

US stocks open lower on Fed pullback concerns; Sears drops after hedge-fund manager cuts stake

Associated Press
Stocks struggle as investors weigh economic news
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, photo, specialist James Sciulli works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets put in a patchy performance Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013, with Japan suffering a sharp fall, as investors continued to worry the U.S. Federal Reserve will soon start reducing its monetary stimulus. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market is opening lower after a strong employment report raised expectations that the Federal Reserve could pull back on its economic stimulus.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 55 points to 15,858 in early trading Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell eight points to 1,787. The Nasdaq fell 17 points to 4,019.

A private survey showed U.S. businesses last month added the most jobs in a year. More signs of a strengthening economy and improving jobs market could persuade the Fed to reduce its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases.

Investors will get another gauge of the jobs market when the government releases a November employment report Friday.

Sears dropped $5.16, or 9 percent, $50.39 after a billionaire hedge-fund manager cut his stake in the company.

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