U.S. Stocks End Lower For Second Straight Session

By MarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks closed slightly lower on Tuesday as investors remained cautious amid weak economic data and mixed earnings results. A continued rout in oil prices put pressure on the energy sector, while transportation stocks were hit after disappointing results from United Parcel Service . Declines on the main indexes were milder, however. The S&P 500 closed 5.29 points, or 0.3%, lower at 2,065.89. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 41.62 points, or 0.2%, to 17,581.43. The Nasdaq Composite ended the day down 4.56 points, or 0.1%, at 5,030.15. The Russell 2000 fell 15.59 points, or 1.3%, to 1,143.93.

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