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Great Plains, YRC, Waddell & Reed lose ground ; KC Southern, Compass Minerals finish higher

Most regional stocks closed lower Thursday, smacked by the same trends that pushed major stock indexes down.

The biggest percentage losers included Great Plains Energy, down 1.2 percent; YRC, down 9 percent; Waddell Reed, off 1 percent, and Garmin, off .8 percent.

The winners included Kansas City Southern, off 1.6 percent and Compass Minerals, up .9 percent.

Meanwhile, stocks ended the day slightly lower after recouping a big loss early on.

U.S. markets fell immediately after the opening bell following a global slump prompted in part by an unexpectedly weak report on manufacturing in China.

Concern that the Federal Reserve might ease back on its economic stimulus program sooner than expected had also riled investors.

The market recovered much of the losses as investors considered those fears overdone.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell a fraction or 13 points to 15,295 Thursday. The Standard Poor's 500 fell 5 points to 1,651, or 0.3 percent.

The Nasdaq composite fell 4 points to 3,459, or 0.1 percent.

The BATS 1000 fell 56.98 points, or 0.31 percent, to close at 18,559.74.

Declining stocks outnumbered advancers on the New York Stock Exchange.

Regional stocks

Capitol Federal Financial fell 1 cents, or 0.08%, to close at $11.98.

Cerner Corp. rose 16 cents, or 0.17%, to close at $96.41.

Commerce Bancshares Inc. fell 16 cents, or 0.37%, to close at $43.11.

Compass Minerals rose 81 cents, or 0.93%, to close at $88.36.

DST Systems Inc. fell 6 cents, or 0.09%, to close at $69.14.

Ferrellgas Partners L.P. fell 4 cents, or 0.19%, to close at $21.17.

Garmin Ltd. fell 28 cents, or 0.79%, to close at $35.35.

Great Plains Energy fell 28 cents, or 1.17%, to close at $23.58.

H Block Inc. fell 4 cents, or 0.14%, to close at $29.15.

Inergy L.P. fell 3 cents, or 0.12%, to close at $24.69.

Kansas City Life Insurance Co. rose 11 cents, or 0.29%, to close at $37.58.

Kansas City Southern rose $1.73, or 1.57%, to close at $112.00.

Layne Christensen Co. fell 7 cents, or 0.32%, to close at $21.49.

O'Reilly Automotive Inc. fell 33 cents, or 0.30%, to close at $110.23.

Sprint Nextel Corp. rose 1 cents, or 0.14%, to close at $7.31.

UMB Financial Corp. rose 17 cents, or 0.33%, to close at $52.48.

Waddell Reed Financial Corp. fell 46 cents, or 1.00%, to close at $45.43.

YRC Worldwide Inc. fell $2.02, or 9.11%, to close at $20.15

Volume was above average at 3.83 billion shares.