Article Photos: US stocks slump following disappointing earnings 1/1

A pair of traders confer on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as investors hold back ahead of economic reports that could influence when the Federal Reserve will start reducing its stimulus. World stock markets mostly fell Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013 as investors factored in the prospect of the Federal Reserve reducing its lavish monetary stimulus this month.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)