Market Snapshot: Stocks close higher as defensive sectors lead; Nasdaq gains for 7th straight session

U.S. stocks struggled for direction Tuesday as U.S. investors return from a three-day weekend as another round of U.S.-China trade talks begins in Washington.

What are major benchmarks doing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.12% fell 42 points, or 0.2%, to 25,842, while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.01% was off 2 points, or 0.1%, to 2,774. The Nasdaq COMP, +0.15% rose 4 points, or 0.6%, to 7,477.

What’s driving the market?

Gains last week were fueled in part by upbeat expectations surrounding U.S.-China trade negotiations. Top U.S. and Chinese officials met last week in Beijing.

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