Stocks end slightly lower

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NEW YORK (AP) Major US stock indexes ended slightly lower, led by declines in banks and energy stocks.

High-dividend stocks like utilities, real estate investment trusts and phone companies rose Thursday as bond yields fell.

Sears jumped 10 percent after the struggling retailer said it had secured a new line of credit.

Trading was subdued ahead of the New Year's Day holiday.

The Dow Jones industrial average gave back 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 19,819.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell a fraction to 2,249.

The Nasdaq composite slipped 6 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,432.

Small-company stocks fared better than the rest of the market.

The Russell 2000 edged higher.

Bond prices rose.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.48 percent.