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Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:24pm EST
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U.S. stocks retreated on Friday, on course for their first monthly decline since August, in the wake of weak earnings reports by companies like Amazon and Walmart and concerns about declining currencies in emerging markets. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.47 percent at 15,773.57, the S&P 500 was down 0.22 percent at 1,790.33 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.20 percent at 4,114.729.

** ALCOA INC, $11.76, -1.59 pct

Vice President Olivier Jarrault sold 175,031 shares of the largest U.S. aluminum producer at an average price of $10.57, according to a regulatory filing, an 11.5 percent discount to the stock's Thursday close.

** CHEVRON CORP, $112.502, -3.39 pct

The second-largest U.S. oil company said its fourth-quarter profit dropped 32 percent as refining margins and production fell around the world.