US stocks down in early afternoon

US stock market is lower as investors focus on risk of government shutdown

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Stocks fall on government shutdown worries
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, file photo, traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. World stocks drifted on Friday Sept. 27, 2013, with markets in China edging slightly higher as investors stayed cautious ahead of a major holiday and details from the highly anticipated unveiling of a free trade zone in Shanghai. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks fell Friday as investors focused on the risk of a U.S. government shutdown down next week.

The uncertainty has pushed down stocks all week. Unless the market turns around, Friday would be the sixth trading day of the past seven with declines for the Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average.

The Dow was down 62 points, or 0.4 percent, to 15,266 as of 1:11 p.m. Eastern Time Friday. The S&P 500 index fell six points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,692. The Nasdaq composite eased 1 point, or 0.03 percent, to 3,786.

Lumber Liquidators dropped $11.13, or 10 percent, to $101.83 after disclosing that federal authorities searched its corporate offices in an action related to imports of some wood flooring products.

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