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After five sessions of gains -- and more than one new all-time high -- the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) succumbed to selling pressure today, ending the day with a triple-digit deficit. Elsewhere, "The S&P 500 Index (SPX) is clearly facing some pretty stiff technical resistance near the 1,900 round-number level, which is near the site of its former all-time high from April," noted Schaeffer's Senior Equity Analyst Joe Bell, CMT. "Couple that with the less-than-stellar economic data so far this week, and investors are looking to take some risk off the table."

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 16,613.97) spent nearly all of the day moving further into negative territory, before closing down 101.5 points, or 0.6%. The pullback was broad-based, as 25 of the Dow's 30 components ended lower, paced by International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), which dropped 1.8%. Leading the five advancers today was Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), rising 1.1%.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,888.53) retreated as well, closing with a loss of 8.9 points, or 0.5%. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 4,100.63) continued its pullback, shedding 29.5 points, or 0.7%, by the close.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 12.17) bounced slightly from recent losses, edging up less than 0.1 point, or 0.3%, today.



A Trader's Take:

"Whether the market is up or down, it seems like small caps continue to trail their counterparts," continued Bell. "Consumer discretionary stocks are among the biggest laggards, and yesterday's worse-than-expected retail sales number and recent earnings results aren't helping their cause."

5 Items on Our Radar Today:

  1. Wholesale prices posted their largest increase in over a year in April, reported the Labor Department. The PPI climbed 0.6% -- the biggest jump since September 2012 -- to top economists' expectations. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy factors, rose 0.5%, also exceeding the consensus estimate. (Los Angeles Times)
  2. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note dipped to a six-month low of 2.525%. The move raised a flag, as some consider the 2.6% level a "risk-off" point at which traders begin to exit their equity positions. (CNBC)
  3. Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) options buyers took advantage of bargain-basement pricing.
  4. Nomura reduced its price target on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) this morning, while other tech heavyweights faced negative brokerage attention.
  5. Fresh from a new 12-year high, Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) was targeted by back-month put buyers today.

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