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Snapshot: The Street struggles to find a way higher

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The stock market took a break from its record-breaking run. Some weak earnings reports — including from the hospital operator Tenet Healthcare and freight forwarder Expeditors International — held stocks back. The market is still close to record levels, though, and the S&P 500 is on track for its best year since 2009. Investors, however, are struggling to find more catalysts to push equities higher. Earnings could start to flag if US economic growth remains sluggish. Investors are waiting for the Labor Department’s closely watched monthly jobs survey, which was delayed a week by the government shutdown. The report is due Friday.

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