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NEW YORK (AP) _ Stock prices have started lower on Wall Street with the market's most-familiar index falling below the 10,000 level.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 40 points at 9,990.

The Nasdaq Composite Index is down five points and the Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index has lost three points.

Wall Street is flirting with its fourth straight daily decline.

Stocks fell yesterday for the third day in a row after an early advance faltered.

Since then, there have been numerous corporate earnings reports and a couple of economic releases as well.

In the corporate sector, WorldCom's results fell short. Tyco International and Dynegy lowered their forecasts. And AT&T shares were downgraded by CIBC analysts.

At the same time, Eastman Kodak exceeded quarterly forecasts. And AOL Time Warner, despite a record quarterly loss, did manage to post results that beat expectations.

On the economic side, a new government report shows the smallest quarterly increase in employment costs in three years.

A report on sales of previously-owned homes is due shortly.

Bond prices are solidly higher in early trading.