U.S. Stocks End Lower As Oil Rout Continues

By MarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks ended lower on Tuesday, as a continued rout in oil prices weighed on energy and materials stocks. The S&P 500 energy sector tumbled 1.4%, while Exxon Mobil Corporation led the decliners on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, closing down 2.8%. The S&P 500 fell 13.48 points, or 0.7%, to 2,063. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 162.5 points, or 0.9%, to 17,568, after shedding as much as 245 points earlier in the session. The Nasdaq Composite ended the session 3.57 points, or less than 0.1% lower at 5,098, after briefly turning positive in the afternoon.

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