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US stocks slip in directionless trade

US stocks closed barely lower Monday, with buyers finding little fresh inspiration after last week's five-year highs to offset a fall in energy shares.

At the closing bell the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 21.73 points (0.16 percent) at 13,971.24.

The S&P 500 fell 0.92 (0.06 percent) to 1,517.01, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite lost 1.87 (0.06 percent) at 3,192.00.