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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - Quincy Krosby
Investors kept their focus on Washington on Monday, sending stocks lower with little hope for a deal to end the government shutdown.
Investors sent Washington a reminder Friday that Wall Street is a power player in talks to avoid the "fiscal cliff."
U.S. stocks meandered sideways Monday as fears about Europe overshadowed recent excitement about central banks' efforts to boost the market.
A stock market rally lost steam Wednesday after mixed earnings from U.S. companies added to fears about Europe's economic slowdown.
Better news on home sales and improved prospects for job growth sent stocks higher on Wall Street Thursday.
Mrs. Yellen's testimony "is coming at an important inflection point" for financial markets as the Fed considers pulling back on its stimulus, said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial.