Stocks are coming off their lows as Friday's trading enters the afternoon, but remain below the unchanged line.
Software holders and natural gas stocks are leading the decline, with the Amex Software Holders Index and the Amex Natural Gas Index down 3.1 percent and 3 percent, respectively.
Oil services, real estate, and gold stocks are also suffering considerable weakness on the day.
Very few major sectors are posting noteworthy gains on the day; however, some gains in the banking sector have helped to minimize losses.
Currently, the Dow is down 94.30 at 7,830.26, the Nasdaq is down 19.39 at 1,567.61, and the S&P 500 is down 9.18 at 823.68.
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