Bank stocks drifted lower with the rest of the market Tuesday, as investors apparently fretted that a slower economy could ultimately hurt earnings.

The Standard & Poor's bank index fell slightly, as did the much-watched S&P 500 index. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones industrial average again struggled to surmount the 6,000 mark - only to fall 13.04 points, to 5,966.77, by day's end.

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