The stock market drifted lower Monday as investors looked ahead to a busy week for corporate earnings. Markets in Asia surged after a run of weak economic reports out of China lifted hopes for stimulus in the world's second-largest economy.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 22 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,033 as of 1:45 p.m. Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped four points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,098. The Nasdaq composite was flat at 4,995.