Dow industrials sink to Tuesday‘s lowest level

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to session lows Tuesday afternoon as a decline in shares of 3M Co. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. more than offset a sharp advance in those of McDonald‘s Corp. Declines in UnitedHealth and 3M‘s shares were exacting a roughly 45-point toll on the Dow which was outweighing a 25-point lift the blue-chip was garnering from fast=food giant McDonald‘s. A $1 move in any one of the price-weighted Dow‘s 30 components equates to a 6.8-point swing in the index. Most recently, the Dow was down by about 70 points, or 0.3%, at 26,492. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index was trading 0.1% lower at 2,915, while the Nasdaq Composite Index was bucking the trend, gaining 0.1% at 8,004.

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