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(Close): Worries over the situation in Ukraine sent US stocks lower on Thursday.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has cancelled a visit to Turkey, citing "Russian troop deployments" in the east of Ukraine.

The Dow Jones fell 42.44 points to end at 17,079.57.

The S&P 500 dipped back below the 2,000 mark, dropping 3.38 points to 1,996.74, while the Nasdaq shed 11.93 points to 4,557.69.

Nerves over events in Ukraine overshadowed some positive economic news, with US second quarter economic growth being upgraded to an annual pace of 4.2% from an earlier estimate of 4%.

There was also positive news from the jobs market, with Labor Department figures showing that the number of people making new applications for jobless benefits fell by 1,000 last week to 298,000.

Shares in Dollar General were up 0.8% after it reported a 2.4% rise in net income to $251.3m for the quarter to 1 August.

The retailer also said it remained committed to buying Family Dollar Stores. Last week, Family Dollar rejected a $9bn takeover offer from Dollar General in favour of a rival bid from Dollar Tree.

For the second day in a row, struggling electronics retailer RadioShack was the day's biggest winner.

Shares in the firm rose another 30% as rumours continued to swirl about a possible cash infusion from shareholder Standard General.