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2013-08-13

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NEW YORK - Wall Street stocks closed mixed as investors looked to a busy week of data releases on the US economy.

At the closing bell on Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 5.14 (0.03 per cent) to 15,420.37. The broad-based S&P 500 gave up 1.93 (0.11 per cent) at 1,689.49, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gained 9.84 (0.27 per cent) to 3,669.95.

The indecisive results came as investors await a full tally of US economic data later in the week that includes retail sales, housing and industrial production.

LONDON - Europe's stock markets ended mixed, as investors kept their positions amid heightening concerns of yet another Greek bailout, dealers say.

Market watchers also digested lower-than-expected economic growth in Japan.

London's FTSE 100 index slid 0.14 per cent to end Monday at 6,574.34 points, while Frankfurt's DAX 30 rose 0.25 per cent to finish at 8,359.25 points.

The CAC 40 in Paris dipped 0.12 per cent lower to close at 4,071.68 points.

Data showed that Japan's economic growth slowed in the April-June quarter, in turn raising questions about Tokyo's bid to revive its economy after years of stagnation.

Japan said growth in the second-quarter came in at a 2.6 per cent annual pace, down from 3.8 per cent in the first quarter.

The euro fell to $US1.3310 from $US1.3336 late in New York on Friday.

HONG KONG - Asian markets were mostly up despite Japan posting lower-than-expected economic growth and US stocks retreating from record peaks last week.

Tokyo stocks ended down 0.70 per cent, or 95.76 points, to 13,519.43 after second-quarter GDP figures revealed that Japan's economic growth had slowed more than analysts expected.

Other Asian markets fared better, buoyed by positive industrial output figures out of China late last week.

Sydney finished up 1.06 per cent, or 53.5 points, at 5,108.7 while Seoul closed up 0.22 per cent, or 4.12 points, at 1,884.83.

At close Hong Kong shares were up 2.13 per cent while the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index jumped 2.39 per cent.

WELLINGTON - The NZX 50 fell 11.343 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 4522.299 on Monday.