U.S. stocks finish lower after JPMorgan takeover of First Republic Bank


U.S. stocks finished the first day of May lower, giving up earlier gains, as investors monitored the health of regional banks and kept the Federal Reserve’s rate decision on Wednesday in focus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA shed about 46 points, or 0.1%, ending near 34,051, according to preliminary FactSet figures. The S&P 500 index SPX was fractionally lower near 4,167, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP ended off 0.1%. The big focus on Monday was the failure of First Republic Bank, FRC which was seized by regulators, marking the third major regional bank to collapse since mid-March. Most of First Republic’s…

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