US STOCKS-Wall St down after factory data, last week's records

Mon Apr 1, 2013 5:07pm EDT
 
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* Both S&P 500 and Dow coming off record closing highs

* Tesla Motors rallies after profit outlook

* European markets closed

* Dow off 0.04 pct, S&P down 0.5 pct, Nasdaq falls 0.9 pct

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, April 1 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Monday in one of the lightest volume days of the year, pulling back after the S&P 500's record closing high last week and weaker-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data.

Apple was the biggest drag on both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100, falling 3.1 percent to $428.91. Portfolio manager Will Danoff, whose $92 billion Fidelity Contrafund is the largest active shareholder in Apple, cut the fund's stake in the iPhone maker by 10 percent during the first two months of 2013.

Data showed U.S. factory activity grew at the slowest rate in three months in March, suggesting the economy lost some momentum at the end of the first quarter.

Recent data has pointed to a strengthening U.S. economy in general, however, and has helped push stocks to record highs on both the Dow and S&P 500. The S&P 500 ended March with a record closing high, and posted its best quarterly performance in a year, while the Dow broke into new record territory in early March.   Continued...