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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St declines ahead of earnings season

NEW YORK, Oct 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slipped in light trading on Monday, pulling back from recent five-year highs ahead of an earnings season expected to be weak.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 26.50 points, or 0.19 percent, to end unofficially at 13,583.65. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index shed 5.05 points, or 0.35 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,455.88. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 23.83 points, or 0.76 percent, to close unofficially at 3,112.35.

(Reporting by Edward Krudy; Editing by Jan Paschal)

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Keywords: MARKETS USA STOCKS/CLOSE