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Wall St. ends down slightly on rate uncertainty

Traders gather at the post that trades Intercontinental Exchange Inc. on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slipped on Tuesday on uncertainty over the U.S. rate outlook and disappointing results from Ford and other companies.

Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI) fell 40.69 points, or 0.23 percent, to 17,582.36, the S&P 500 (.SPX) lost 5.25 points, or 0.25 percent, to 2,065.93 and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) dropped 4.56 points, or 0.09 percent, to 5,030.15.

(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Nick Zieminski)