S&P Snaps Four-Day Slump

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The broad S&P 500 snapped a four-day losing streak on Tuesday, helped by a round of upbeat corporate earnings and bargain hunting. 

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 7.8 points, or 0.05%, to 15003, the S&P 500 gained 6.3 points, or 0.38%, to 1652 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 24.5 points, or 0.68%, to 3614.

The markets added a fourth day to their losing streak Monday as worries about the end of the Federal Reserve's bond-buying program loomed large. Those losses ricocheted into global markets, where Asian and European shares took a beating. 

U.S. futures stemmed the selling after home-improvement retailer Home Depot (HD) revealed stronger-than-expected quarterly results amid a burgeoning housing recovery. Best Buy (BBY) saw its profits rise as cost cuts helped the tech retailer push beyond tepid sales. Meanwhile, J.C. Penney (JCP) revealed disappointing quarterly results, but shares rallied on encouraging signs about the current quarter. 

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Also in corporate news, the Justice Department launched a probe into J.P. Morgan Chase's (JPM) energy business, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

Treasury bond yields receded after jumping in the previous session. The benchmark 10-year yield fell 0.053 percentage point to 2.829%. 

Elsewhere, U.S. oil prices skid lower by 91 cents, or 0.9%, to $106.14 a barrel. Wholesale New York Harbor gasoline dipped 0.8% to $2.91 a gallon. Gold fell 0.04% to $1,365 a troy ounce. 

Foreign Markets

The Euro Stoxx 50 sold off by 1.1% to 2791, the English FTSE 100 dipped 0.5% to 6433 and the German DAX slid 0.84% to 8296. 

In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei 225 plunged 2.6% to 13396 and the Chinese Hang Seng plummeted 2.2% to 21970.

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