Real estate companies led U.S. stock indexes slightly lower in early afternoon trading Friday as investors weighed the growing likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month. In a speech, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank will likely lift rates, citing an improving job market and rising inflation. Banks, which benefit from higher interest rates, were up the most.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 21 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20
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