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Weak results from Oracle drag down tech shares

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The Dow closed up slightly after a mostly down day - ‘a tug of war between the bulls and the bears,’ one analyst called it - but the tech-heavy Nasdaq fizzled after Oracle posted weak profits. Investors also fretted about the need for $639 billion in loans to European banks to keep them viable. Gains in energy and consumer shares helped prop up the market.

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