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Wall St lower after economic data

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 81.72 points, or 0.45 percent, to 18,132.7.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 81.72 points, or 0.45 percent, to 18,132.7.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 81.72 points, or 0.45 percent, to 18,132.7.

US stocks closed lower on the last trading day of February after mixed US economic data on a day when European stocks hit records and oil prices rebounded for their first monthly gain since June.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 81.72 points, or 0.45 percent, to 18,132.7, the S&P 500 lost 6.24 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,104.5 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 24.36 points, or 0.49 percent, to 4,963.53.

European shares broke multi-year records ahead of the European Central Bank's planned moves to stimulate growth.

Investors in Europe have bought more higher-yielding assets, such as equities, as yields on core European government bonds have tumbled into or close to negative territory ahead of the ECB's quantitative easing program.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares closed up 0.38 percent after reaching its highest level since November, 2007. It has surged over 14 percent this year, its strongest start since benchmarks were created in 1986.

Meanwhile, Japan's Nikkei share average hit a fresh 15-year high on upbeat Japanese industrial output data, while the market awaited an announcement from the country's biggest pension fund on its latest asset allocations.

The Nikkei share average ended 0.1 percent higher at 18,797.94 points, its best closing level since April 2000. For the week, it gained 2.5 percent.

For the month, it rose 6.4 percent, the biggest monthly gain since November. The broader Topix gained 0.1 percent to 1,523.85, with 2.72 billion shares changing hands, the largest in 1/2-weeks. The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 rose 0.3 percent to 13,826.67.

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