U.S. Stocks Open Lower, On Track For Third Straight Loss

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U.S. stocks opened lower Thursday and are on track for a third straight day of losses, as oil prices also slumped for a third day in a holiday-shortened week. The S&P 500 shed 7.46 points, or 0.4%, to 2,028.78, while the Dow industrials slid 68.21 points, or 0.4%, to 17,422.94. The Nasdaq Composite lost 28.77 points, or 0.5%, to 4,739.72. U.S.-traded crude-oil futures were down nearly 3% in recent action, bringing oil's weekly decline to 6.3%. Here's a guide to which markets will be closed for the Easter holiday.

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