Stocks drop as incomes fall and budget cuts loom

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Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 8:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening sharply lower on Wall Street with automatic government spending cuts about to kick in.

The government also reported that American incomes plunged in January at the fastest pace in two decades.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 93 points, or 0.7 percent, to 13,960 shortly after the opening bell Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 11 points, 0.7 percent, to 1,503. The Nasdaq composite fell 29 points, or 0.9 percent, to 3,131.

President Barack Obama has called congressional leaders to the White House to give both sides an opportunity to state their positions, but there is no anticipation of a deal being struck.

American incomes fell 3.6 percent in January, the biggest drop since January 1993. That followed a solid 2.6 percent rise in December.

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