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By Sinead Carew
NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Monday due to increased tensions over Greek debt negotiations and disappointing Chinese economic data on top of investor uncertainty about interest rates.
Rising oil prices helped offset the pressure by boosting the energy sector, while utilities shares declined as investors opted instead for fixed income investments.
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had ruled out any extension of its international bailout on Sunday and announced moves to reverse some of the reforms imposed by its lenders. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday Greeks should not expect the euro zone to accept these latest terms.
Investors are waiting for the Greek situation to be resolved and found some reassurance the market did not collapse after the weekend's news, said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O'Neil Securities in New York.
"In the end, he's going to be the one to blink," he said, referring to Greece's Tsipras. "If the market was really concerned then you'd see much more to the downside." Continuación...