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Declining steel makers limited gains in the S&P; 500 after Nucor Corp., the second-largest U.S. producer, said profit may fall on slumping demand by automakers and home builders. The shares fell $3.95, or 5.9 percent, to $62.66.

U.S. Steel Corp., the biggest U.S. steel maker, lost $8.85, or 7.1 percent, to $116.20.