NEW YORK Nov 20 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.
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