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U.S. Stocks Fall From Records With Tech, Consumer Shares

U.S. stocks fell, after benchmark indexes climbed to records, as consumer and technology shares slumped before the government’s monthly jobs report tomorrow.

An index of biotechnology shares plunged 2.7 percent, halting a three-day rally. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.9 percent after four straight gains. Barnes & Noble Inc. plunged 14 percent as investor Liberty Media Corp. said it will reduce its stake in the bookstore chain. Google Inc. Class A shares added 0.6 percent while its Class C shares rose 0.5 percent after stock in the largest search engine effectively split. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. surged 15 percent to a record after settling federal environmental claims.