Stocks Close Lower; Dow Slightly Down For Quarter

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U.S. stocks closed with sizable losses Tuesday, leaving the Dow industrials with a slight decline for the year's first quarter. Some analysts blamed the session's drop on expectations for disappointing first-quarter earnings. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 200.19 points, or 1.1%, at 17,776.12, and the blue-chip gauge ended down nearly 0.3% for the quarter, according to preliminary FactSet data. The S&P 500 finished down 18.35 points, or 0.9%, at 2,067.89, but it still managed a quarterly gain of 0.4%. Read the full story here.

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