Stocks ended mostly lower on Monday, erasing early gains that had initially sent the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to an intraday record of 1,802.33.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.09 percent, advancing to 15,976 points by the closing bell, while the S&P 500 closed 0.37 percent lower at 1,791.53 points, and the NASDAQ took the biggest hit of the day, shedding 0.93 percent to 3,949 points.
The NASDAQ was weighed down by a sell-off in tech shares, with Facebook (FB) down over 6 percent, followed by significant drops for Cisco Systems (CSCO) , Micron Technology (MU) , Microsoft (MSFT) , and Zynga (ZNGA) .
The Dow was topped by aerospace/defense giant Boeing (BA) , who saw shares nearly 2 percent higher after netting a record $100 billion in sales one the first day of the Dubai airshow, and lifting other defense companies like Rockwell Collins (COL) and Northrop Grumman (NOC) in its wake.
The S&P 500 may have ended lower on the day, but leading meat processor Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN) posted one of the best performances of the day, adding over two percent by the closing bell after its fourth-quarter earnings report showed the company breezing past estimates on top and bottom lines.
Meanwhile, popular and controversial digital currency Bitcoin continued a rise that began over the weekend, rocketing to as high as $660 before fluctuating wildly, down to $500, and then subsequently back up over $600 by the closing bell. The volatility could at least in part be explained by words from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, who earlier in the day had mused positively about the future of digital currencies in general.
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