U.S. stocks slide, extending a weak start to 2014


NEW YORK — Stocks are lower on Wall Street, continuing a weak start to the New Year.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 40 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,429 as of midday today.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down five, or 0.3 percent, to 1,826. The Nasdaq composite fell 21 points, or 0.5 percent, to 4,111.

Wendy’s slumped 3 percent after the stock was downgraded by analysts at Janney Capital Markets, who said sales could be weak.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers rose 4 percent after Men’s Wearhouse said it was making a hostile takeover bid for the company.

Sirius XM Holdings jumped 6 percent following news that Liberty Media wants to acquire full ownership of the satellite radio broadcaster.