Summary Box: Stocks mixed ahead of Slovakia vote

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Posted: Oct 11, 2011 4:57 PM
Summary Box: Stocks mixed ahead of Slovakia vote

SLOVAKIA JITTERS: Indexes ended mixed after investors spent the day waiting to see if Slovakia would block an expansion of Europe's financial rescue program. Slovakia voted "no" on a bill to strengthen a regional rescue fund shortly after U.S. markets closed.

ALCOA'S AFTER-MARKET SLUMP: Aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. plunged 5.6 percent in after-hours trading after it reported earnings that fell from the previous quarter, suggesting demand from Europe has slowed.

CALM WATERS: The Dow bobbed up and down throughout the day. The index traded within a range of only 82 points, the narrowest since July 20.