NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil.
European leaders are considering tougher sanctions on Russia for its backing of separatists accused of shooting down a Malaysia Airways passenger plane in Ukraine last week. The European Union's foreign ministers will meet Tuesday to discuss their next steps.
In Washington, President Barack Obama demanded that international investigators get full access to the crash site and said the separatists had blocked investigators.
"It looks like we hit a speed bump," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank in Chicago. "Earnings are coming through quite nicely so far, but geopolitics trump earnings today."
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 4.59 points, or 0.2 percent, to close at 1,973.63. Seven of the 10 industry groups fell, led by retailers and other consumer-discretionary companies.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 48.45 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,051.73, while the Nasdaq composite lost 7.44 points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,424.70.
European markets ended lower. Germany's DAX dropped 1.1 percent while France's CAC-40 lost 0.7 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 slipped 0.3 percent.
A few well-known companies turned in results that fell short of estimates on Monday. The toy maker Hasbro reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that came in below analysts' targets. Rising sales of My Little Pony, Transformers and other toys weren't enough to stem a decline in sales of games such as Twister. Hasbro's stock sank $1.43, or 2.7 percent, to $51.78.
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