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Dow Ends Day Up 69

Trading subdued ahead of July 4 holiday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2019 3:00 PM CDT
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In this July 1, 2019, file photo specialist Erica Fredricks and trader Robert Charmak work on on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – Stocks ended a wobbly day mostly higher as gains for technology and health care stocks offset losses in the energy sector, the AP reports. Cisco Systems climbed 2% Tuesday and Pfizer added 1%. Energy stocks slumped broadly as the price of crude oil gave back almost 5%. Chevron lost 1.5% and Exxon Mobil lost 1.1%. Trading was subdued ahead of the Independence Day holiday in the US Thursday. Markets will close early on Wednesday. High-dividend stocks like real estate and utilities rose. The S&P 500 index rose 8 points, or 0.3%, to 2,973. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 69 points, or 0.3%, to 26,786. The Nasdaq added 17 points, or 0.2%, to 8,109. Small-company stocks fell. (Read more stock market stories.)

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