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Market Snapshot: Stock market struggles to push higher

U.S. stocks closed lower Tuesday, with major indexes turning decisively negative in afternoon trading and ending near their lows of the day as uncertainty over trade policy and other geopolitical issues remained high.

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What did markets do?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.72% fell 178.88 points, or 0.7%, to 24,834.41. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.31% lost 8.57 points, or 0.3%, to 2,724.44. Among the day’s biggest decliners were industrial stocks, a sector that is heavily correlated with trade concerns. The group lost 1.3% while the materials sector lost 0.9%.

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