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Plunge in Walmart shares offsets technology stock rally

A steep drop in Walmart's stock and losses in other sectors pulled U.S. indexes mostly lower Tuesday, outweighing gains by technology companies. Slides in grocery store operators and other consumer-focused companies accounted for much of the drag on the market, which was coming off a six-day winning streak. Investors were sizing up the latest quarterly earnings and deal news following a long holiday weekend.

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 3 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,728 as of 2:07 p.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 147 points, or 0.6 percent, to 25,071. The Nasdaq gained 45 points, or 0.6 percent, to 7,284.

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