Stocks Ended Lower as Tariffs Worries Lingered

U.S. stocks ended lower on Tuesday as investors digested a report that the U.S. and China are looking to delay tariffs set to go into effect Sunday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 27.88 points, or 0.10%, to 27,881.72. The S&P 500 edged lower 3.44 points, or 0.11%, to 3,132.52. The Nasdaq Composite was down 5.64 points, or 0.07%, to 8,616.18.

Oil futures finished higher Tuesday, after a report from the Wall Street Journal was seen as upbeat in long-running negotiations between the U.S. and China on tariffs. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery tacked on 22 cents, or 0.4%, to settle at $59.24 a barrel. February Brent crude added 9 cents, or 0.1%, to settle at $64.34 a barrel.

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