Stocks slip in early trade after three-day surge

US stocks edge lower in early trading after a three-day surge

Associated Press
US stocks fall in quiet end to a bumpy month
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 28, 2013, file photo, specialist Jason Hardzewicz, left, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets were boosted Friday June 28, 2013 by encouraging indicators from Japan and further proof that the U.S. economy is on the upswing. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks are getting off to a slow start after a three-day rally.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 49 points, or 0.4 percent, at 14,973 in the first few minutes of trading Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down three points, or 0.2 percent, at 1,609. Technology stocks fell the most in the index.

The Nasdaq composite was down six points, or 0.2 percent, at 3,395.

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion plunged 26 percent to $10.69 after reporting a surprise loss in its first quarter. The company didn't say how many of its new BlackBerrys were sold.

The S&P 500 index is up 12.8 percent so far this year and is heading for its best first half of a year performance since 1998.

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