US STOCKS SNAPSHOT - Wall St opens lower on France, HP charge

NEW YORK Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:38pm GMT

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NEW YORK Nov 20 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened lower on Tuesday as a credit downgrade of France by ratings agency Moody's and weak earnings by Hewlett-Packard halted a two-day rally.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 55.05 points, or 0.43 percent, to 12,740.91. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index lost 4.21 points, or 0.30 percent, to 1,382.68. The Nasdaq Composite Index gave up 6.28 points, or 0.22 percent, at 2,909.79.