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Dow ends with triple-digit loss as 3M shares suffer rout

William L. Watts

Stocks saw a mixed finish Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling triple digits as shares of 3M Co. were routed following disappointing quarterly results. The S&P 500 lost around 1 point to end near 2,926, virtually flat on the day, according to preliminary figures, while the Nasdaq Composite rose around 17 points, or 0.2%, to end near 8,119. Stocks were underpinned by a strong performance by tech heavyweights following first quarter results, with Facebook Inc. rising 5.8% and Microsoft Corp. advancing 3.3%. The Dow ended around 135 points lower near 26,462, a loss of 0.5%, reflecting in part a nearly 13% tumble by 3M.