Stocks traded in a narrow range Tuesday before closing modestly lower, as traders shifted their attention from the war in Iraq to corporate earnings and the economy.
The Nasdaq lost 6 to 1382, the S&P 500 slipped 1 to 878, and the Dow lost 1 to 8298. Volume declined to 1.22 billion shares on the NYSE, and 1.3 billion on the Nasdaq. Decliners led 18-14 on the NYSE, and 17-13 on the Nasdaq. Downside volume was 64% on the NYSE, and 70% on the Nasdaq. New highs-new lows were 39-25 on the NYSE, and 66-43 on the Nasdaq.
and RF Micro
plunged on warnings. Chip stocks were also hit by weak chip equipment sales.
Qualcomm fell 5% after SoundView cut estimates.
slipped 0.8% ahead of earnings tomorrow night. IBM
reports next Monday, and Microsoft and Intel
lost 2.5% on plans to enter the high-speed dial-up market.
slipped 2% after shaking up its board of directors.
lost 2% despite reaffirming guidance. EMC also released a records retention system.
edged higher on an alliance.
gained 1% on a new security offering.
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