Stocks end lower ahead of critical Ukraine vote

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 4:01 PM

The U.S. stock market is ending lower as investors brace for a critical vote this weekend over the future Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

The region is holding a vote on Sunday, which is widely expected to back splitting off from Ukraine. The U.S. and Europe have warned Russia of consequences if it moves to seize the region. The U.S. and Russia found "no common vision" over the crises after hours of talks on Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 1,841 Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 43 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,065. The Nasdaq slipped 15 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,245.

Aeropostale fell $1.47, or 20 percent, to $5.83 after the teen clothing retailer reported a wider loss.

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