Stocks edged down Wednesday, with major indexes finishing moderately lower as investors weighed largely upbeat earnings from big retailers while continuing to evaluate inflation worries. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell around 211 points, or 0.6%, to finish around 35,932, according to preliminary figures, while the S&P 500 lost around 12 points, or 0.3%, to close near 4,689. The Nasdaq Composite declined around 52 points, or 0.3%, to around 15,922.
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