Stock market today: Wall Street starts holiday-shortened week on a down note

Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are off to a weak start at the beginning of a holiday-shortened week. The S&P 500 was down 0.6% early Tuesday. The benchmark index is coming off only its second losing week in the last 16. Losses in technology stocks were weighing on the market. That helped pull the Nasdaq composite down 1.1%. The Dow held up better, and was mostly unchanged. That was largely thanks to a big gain in Walmart, which rose 5% after reporting stronger-than-expected results for its latest quarter and issuing sales forecasts that came in ahead of what Wall Street was expecting.

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