Travel and media companies led U.S. stocks lower in afternoon trading Wednesday as some rare earnings disappointments weighed on the market. Health care companies were among the gainers. Investors’ unease over escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea pushed gold and bond prices higher.
KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 8 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,466 as of 2:45 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 84 points, or 0.4 percent, to 22,000. The Nasdaq composite lost 39 points, or 0.6 percent, to 6,331. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 13 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,396.
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