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Stocks have been generally lower for most of the day on light pre-holiday volume. The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1375.04) is lower by 0.47 percent. Currently on the NYSE, 1,407 advancing issues are remarkably similar to 1,404 declining issues, while 480 issues are unchanged. Up volume of 247,519,968 shares is behind down volume of 270,438,176 on total volume of 540 million shares. The 34 new highs are being trounced by the 73 new lows. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3170.2) is lower by 1.10 percent. Advancing Nasdaq issues of 1,521 are far behind 2,265 declining issues, while 679 issues are unchanged. Up volume of 235,370,896 shares is well behind down volume of 495,999,904 shares. The 16 new highs are lagging by a wide margin the 195 new lows. Option volume is showing little fear in the wake of today's market weakness, with the put/call ratio for equities coming in at 0.56 thus far.