US STOCKS-Wall St flat in muted trading ahead of bank earnings
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By Abhiram Nandakumar
Oct 12 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed in muted trading on Monday as investors paused before a busy week of quarterly results from U.S. banks and several Dow 30 companies.
Gains were limited by a drop in energy stocks as oil prices fell. The energy sector was the biggest decliner among the major S&P sectors.
Trading in equities was also affected by the closure of the bond market, banks and the government, including Securities and Exchange Commission, for the Columbus Day holiday.
"Investors will be content to sit on the sidelines today and wait for more earnings numbers tomorrow and some economic data," said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago. Continuación...