By and  on January 29, 2010

Stocks pulled back again Thursday as Wall Street turned its attention to Washington and its stewardship of the economy, but retail stocks escaped the worst of the damage.

The S&P Retail Index backtracked 1.83 points, or 0.5 percent, settling below 400 at 398.34, but outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which declined 115.70 points, or 1.1 percent, to 10,120.46, and the S&P 500, down 12.97 points, or 1.2 percent, to 1,084.53. Weak readings on the tech sector sent the Nasdaq Composite down 42.41 points, or 1.9 percent, to 2,179.00.

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