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Wall Street stocks retreated from records Tuesday, as investors paused their enthusiasm after the US House of Representatives approved the long-awaited Republican tax cut bill.
The market ‘is taking a bit of a breather,’ said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research. ‘It has done so well based of the likelihood of the passage of the tax reform.’
The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished 0.2 percent lower at 24,754.33.
The broad-based S&P 500 shed 0.3 percent to close at 2,681.48, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.4 percent to 6,963.85.
All three indices closed at records in the prior two sessions.
The House, the lower chamber of the US Congress, approved the controversial $1.5-trillion package of tax cuts for businesses and individuals by a vote of 227-203, with all Democrats voting ‘no.’
The most comprehensive revamp of the nation’s tax code in three decades now heads to the Senate for a decisive vote expected to take place Tuesday night, after which it will be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature.
Technology shares were among the weaker sectors, with Apple losing 1.1 percent, Netflix 1.8 percent and Tesla Motors 2.3 percent.  
Given the equity gains already seen in recent weeks, some analysts predicted the market could pull back after the bill actually passed. But others are eyeing S&P 500 targets of around 2,800 in anticipation of higher corporate profits once the tax reform  takes effect.
Stovall said there was a chance the bill’s passage could result in a ‘buy the rumor, sell the news’ movement in equities, in part in recognition that some of the changes may have less impact than headlines suggest.
For example, many corporations already pay far below the official 35 percent tax rate, meaning the drop to 21 percent will not boost earnings significantly, as Republicans have indicated.