Dow logs worst day in about 3 weeks as Nasdaq Composite ekes out 36th record high of 2021

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U.S. stock benchmarks finished the session mixed on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq Composite logging its 36th record high of the year, barely, while the Dow and S&P 500 ended the first day back from a three-day holiday in the U.S. in negative territory. Indeed, the Dow
DJIA,
-0.76%
ended the session down 268 points, or 0.8%, lower at about 35,100, on a preliminary basis, ringing up the sharpest one-day point and percentage drop since Aug. 18, when the blue-chip index closed about 382 points, or 1.1% lower. The S&P 500
SPX,
-0.34%
ended down 0.3% at 4,520, weighed by declines in industrials, consumer staples, real estate and utilities. The Nasdaq Composite Index
COMP,
+0.07%,
meanwhile, edged up less than 0.1%, but notched a sufficient rise for an all-time closing high. In corporate news, Ford Co.
F,
+0.47%
saw its shares pop after announcing that it hired Doug Field, a former executive at Tesla Inc.
TSLA,
+2.64%
and the executive behind Apple Inc.’s
AAPL,
+1.55%
automobile ambitions.

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