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U.S. stocks finished mixed Monday as investors looked out for signs of progress in U.S.-China trade talks. The S&P 500 was up less than 0.1% to finish near 2,710. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 55 points points, or 0.2%, to finish near 25,053, based on preliminary numbers The Nasdaq Composite was up 0.1% to end near 7,308. The blue-chip Dow recorded its fourth consecutive session of losses. Lower-level talks between Beijing and Washington began on Monday; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will later meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Thursday and Friday. In company news, shares of Restaurant Brands International Inc rose 1.6% after the parent of Burger King beat expectations for earnings and same-store growth. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.