The Dow Jones average fell 16.21 to 8,689.83 at midmorning. The S&P 500 fell 4.2 to 1,107.42, and the Nasdaq composite fell 18.69 to 1,782.54. Advancers and decliners were about even on the New York Stock Exchange.
STOCKS FELL for the first time in five days, led by computer-related shares, on concern that corporate profits growth does not justify further gains. Citigroup fell again after the departure of James Dimon, heir-apparent to the bank's top job.