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Tech Firms Pull US Stocks Lower        06/27 16:16

   Technology stocks led a broad slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday after a day of 
mostly choppy trading.

   (AP) -- Technology stocks led a broad slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday after a 
day of mostly choppy trading.

   Phone and utilities companies were among the big decliners after a sell-off 
in bonds sent yields sharply higher. Banks bucked the broader market decline 
amid heightened expectations of rising interest rates. Oil prices rose for the 
fourth straight day.

   Late-afternoon developments in Washington helped put investors in a selling 

   Republican leaders in the Senate decided to delay a vote on a health care 
overhaul bill until after the July 4 recess.

   "The delay of the health care vote added to a little bit of the uneasiness 
going into the quarter end here," said Sean Lynch, co-head of global equity 
strategy at the Wells Fargo Investment Institute. "It's just worries that some 
of this political noise can complicate the chance of possible tax reform, 
health care reform and other policy measures that could boost the economy."

   The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 19.69 points, or 0.8 percent, to 
2,419.38. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 98.89 points, or 0.5 percent, 
to 21,310.66. The Nasdaq composite lost 100.53 points, or 1.6 percent, to 
6,146.62. The Russell 2000 of small-company stocks gave up 13.10 points, or 0.9 
percent, to 1,403.54.

   Bond prices fell. The 10-year Treasury yield rose to 2.20 percent from 2.13 
percent late Monday.

   The bond sell-off was triggered early Tuesday as investors reacted to 
remarks from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, who expressed 
optimism over the future of the economy of the 19-country eurozone. And while 
Draghi did not say the ECB was ready to rein back its stimulus measures, 
investors took his remarks as a hint that a change of policy could be coming in 
the next few months.

   European stock markets closed lower as the euro surged following Draghi's 

   Germany's DAX fell 0.8 percent, while France's CAC 40 slid 0.7 percent. The 
FTSE 100 of leading British shares shed 0.2 percent.

   The dollar rose to 112.15 yen from 111.89 yen late Monday. The euro 
strengthened to $1.1347 from $1.1181.

   Investors also weighed new data on U.S. home prices and consumer confidence. 
The S&P's CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index shows home prices 
climbed 5.7 percent nationwide in April. The latest gain follows price 
increases of 5.9 percent in March and February. Separately, the Conference 
Board reported that its consumer confidence index rose to 118.9 this month from 
117.6 in May.

   Technology companies were among the biggest decliners Tuesday. 

   Computer memory maker Seagate Technology gave up $2.88, or 6.8 percent, to 
$39.51, while semiconductor manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices slid 68 cents, 
or 4.8 percent, to $13.40. Netflix also fell, losing $6.47, or 4.1 percent, to 

   Alphabet, Google's parent company, slid 2.5 percent after the European Union 
slapped the online search giant with a $2.7 billion fine. The EU alleges that 
the company breached antitrust rules with its online shopping service. Alphabet 
said it is considering an appeal. Alphabet shares fell $24 to $948.09.

   Investors also had their eye on the latest company earnings and deal news. 

   Darden Restaurants rose 2.9 percent after the owner of Olive Garden and 
other chain restaurants reported earnings that were better than analysts 
expected. The stock added $2.61 to $92.69.

   Sprint gained 2.1 percent following a published report suggesting the mobile 
phone company is in talks with Charter Communications and Comcast Corp. on a 
deal that could enable the cable operators to buy a stake in Sprint. Sprint 
picked up 17 cents to $8.18. Comcast slid 34 cents, or about 1 percent, to 
$39.25, while Charter lost $2.78, or 0.8 percent, to $329.87.

   J.C. Penney added 3.2 percent after an analyst upgraded the stock to hold 
from sell, saying the struggling retailer should be able to meet its sales 
target for the year. Penney shares rose 15 cents to $4.82.

   Shares in Kohl's gained 2.4 percent after the retailer announced it has 
appointed Bruce Besanko as chief financial officer. Besanko had held the same 
role at Supervalu. Kohl's added 89 cents to $38.41.

   Oil and gas futures notched gains Tuesday. 

   Benchmark U.S. crude gained 86 cents, or 2 percent, to settle at $44.24 per 
barrel in New York. Brent, the international standard, added 82 cents, or 1.8 
percent, to close at $46.65 per barrel in London.

   In other commodities trading, wholesale gasoline rose 2 cents to $1.46 per 
gallon. Heating oil also added 3 cents to $1.41 per gallon. Natural gas gained 
a penny to $3.04 per 1,000 cubic feet.

   Gold inched up 50 cents to settle at $1,246.90 ounce. Silver added 2 cents 
to $16.59 per ounce. Copper gained 2 cents to $2.65 per pound. 


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