After a period of relative quiet, the European debt problem took center stage on Monday. Stocks fell as weak German economic data and a failure to organize a European bank union hit the headlines.
U.S. economic numbers were mixed, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 13,559, off 21 points, the S&P 500 fell 3 points to 1,457, and the Nasdaq was down 19 points to 3,161. The NYSE traded 625 million shares and the Nasdaq crossed 405 million. Decliners led advancers on both exchanges by about 1.4-to-1.