Stocks end flat to slightly lower ahead of deluge of tech earnings

Stocks largely held their ground Tuesday ahead of a flood of earnings from tech heavyweights, including results due after the bell from Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corp. , as well as the conclusion of a Federal Reserve policy meeting on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a gain of around 1 point to finish near 33,983, according to preliminary data, while the S&P 500 lost around 1 point to close near 4,187. The Nasdaq Composite gave up around 49 points, or 0.3%, to finish near 14,090.

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