The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) started the session in the green -- briefly climbing back atop 17,000 -- but gradually made its way south of breakeven to end with a loss. Overseas worries weighed on investors' minds, as Western sanctions against Russia and fighting in Gaza overshadowed a solid round of earnings and economic reports. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) also ended lower after spending much of the morning and afternoon in positive territory.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 16,912.11) dropped 70.5 points, or 0.4%, by the close. A mere six of the Dow's 30 components finished higher, paced by AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), which gained 2.6%. The rest of the blue-chip stocks posted losses, with UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) finishing as the session's biggest loser, down 1.7%.
The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,969.95) slid nearly 9 points, or 0.5%. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 4,442.70) finished just south of breakeven, down 2.2 points, or 0.05%.
The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 13.28) jumped 0.7 point, or 5.7%, for its first daily close above 13 since July 17.
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