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Markets Right Now: Trade jitters send stocks sharply lower

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Stocks are falling sharply on Wall Street as the U.S. and China move closer to an escalation of their trade fight.

Technology companies, which rely heavily on trade with China, bore the brunt of the selling on Tuesday. Apple lost 2.2% and Microsoft gave back 2.1%

China's top economic official will travel to Washington this week ahead of a Friday deadline by which Washington said it would sharply raise tariffs on Chinese goods.

Safe-play sectors like utilities held up better than the rest of the market.

The S&P 500 fell 48 points, or 1.7%, to 2,883.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 447 points, or 1.7%, to 25,990. The Nasdaq fell 149 points, or 1.8%, to 7,974.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10 year Treasury fell to 2.46%.

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9:35 a.m.

Stocks are opening broadly lower with the biggest losses going to technology companies and banks.

Chipmaker Intel fell 1.2% early Tuesday. Bank of America fell 1.3%.

Traders are keeping a close eye on trade talks between the U.S. and China. China's top economic official will travel to Washington this week ahead of a Friday deadline by which Washington said it would sharply raise tariffs on Chinese goods.

Safe-play sectors like utilities and real estate companies held up better than the rest of the market.

The S&P 500 fell 22 points, or 0.8%, to 2,908.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 212 points, or 0.8%, to 26,228. The Nasdaq fell 66 points, or 0.8%, to 8,057.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10 year Treasury fell to 2.47%.

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