New York • Stocks are ending slightly lower on Wall Street but still finished October with a gain.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 73 points, or 0.5 percent, to 15,545 points Thursday.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell six points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,756. The Nasdaq composite fell 10 points, or 0.3 percent, to 3,919.
The S&P 500 rose 4.5 percent in October, its best gain since July, despite uncertainty caused by the U.S. government shutdown and the near-breach of the nation's borrowing limit.
Kraft Foods and MetLife fell after their profits missed Wall Street's forecasts.