Stocks End Mixed

Blue chips closed lower as investors took profits. The Nasdaq extended its winning streak to six straight sessions

Stocks closed mixed with the Dow Jones Industrial Average giving up some of its recent gains as money flowed out of defensive names and into select small-cap Nasdaq issues. The Nasdaq extended its winning streak to six straight sessions, despite weakness in many large-cap tech stocks. The composite was also weighed down by weakness in VERITAS Software (VRTS ) and VeriSign Inc. (VRSN ).

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