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RPT-BUZZ-U.S. stocks weekly: Tug of war

(Repeats from Friday with no changes to text. Adds chart) ** S&P 500 snaps 3-week run of gains, slips 0.3%. Sentiment hit by Beijing's retaliation days after U.S. ordered closure of Chinese consulate in Houston, while investors monitor Washington lawmakers' tug-of-war over coronavirus aid bill ** Indeed, the Dow is lined up on the charts , while option traders make a contrarian call ** And for the Nasdaq 100, a quarrel with this lady , may end badly ** Still, the SPX stepped into a continental divide , while at the same time, trying to sail into the wind ** In the end, just a minority of sectors lose ground: Tech and communication services retreat most, while energy surges ** Tech sags 1.5%. Intel sinks as chip delay sparks Wall Street PT cuts, downgrades, though Advanced Micro Devices gains as it pulls even in chip race. Microsoft falls as cloud computing business Azure growth disappoints ** Communication services down 1.1%. AT&T falls as entertainment trends still struggle. Disney off after postponing "Mulan" debut, delaying "Avatar", "Star Wars" ** Healthcare loses 0.7%. But hospital operator HCA Healthcare best in sector, up 18%, on revenue beat as patient volumes rebound amid easing COVID-19-led restrictions . And Pfizer rises on ~$2 bln deal with U.S. government for COVID-19 vaccine ** Consumer discretionary up 1.3%. Top sector performer PulteGroup up 14% as record-low mortgage rates, flight to suburbs, boost demand ** Energy rallies 2.1%. Noble Energy jumps 13% on $5 bln takeover by Chevron. Oilfield services provider Halliburton up 12% as analysts praise free-cash-flow beat, aggressive cost cutting ** Meanwhile, equities stare down frightening valuations ** SPX performance YTD: (Lance Tupper and Terence Gabriel are Reuters market analysts. The views expressed are their own)