NEW YORK – U.S. stocks began the week on a cautious note, with the main indexes inching lower as continued concerns over a slowdown in China weighed on sentiment. Investors await manufacturing data from the Institute for Supply Management due to report at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The main indexes saw their steepest monthly declines in more than a year as investors fled equity markets in the wake of sharp drops in emerging-markets currencies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the session down 11.76 points, or 0.1%, to 15,684.85. The S&P 500 opened less than a point lower at 1,78.51. The Nasdaq Composite opened up 3 points, or 0.1%, at 4,104.85.
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