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Wall Street closed lower on Tuesday after hitting an intraday record high, with a dip in oil prices weighing on investor enthusiasm.
Robust corporate earnings earlier in the day had sent the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average across the threshold of 26,000 points, building on gains from Friday’s record finish.
But the Dow finished essentially flat on Tuesday at 25,792.86, while the broader S&P 500 fell 0.4 percent to 2,776.42.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq suffered the heaviest losses, falling 0.5 percent to 7,223.69. 
Karl Haeling of LBBW told AFP that Wall Street’s continuing race to new heights appeared unjustified.
‘The rally has continued since early 2018 without a real explanation,’ he said. ‘The market is exhausted.’
Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude fell more than a dollar in New York to settle at $63.73 per barrel.
And oil stocks helped push the Dow lower, with Chevron falling 1.2 percent and Exxon Mobil giving up 0.6 percent.
But troubled engineering giant General Electric was the Dow’s biggest loser, tumbling 2.9 percent after reporting a $6.2 billion fourth-quarter writeoff tied to problems in GE Capital, the company’s finance arm.
The day’s early spike in the Dow had been sparked by robust earnings from Citigroup and UnitedHealth.
Citi gained 0.4 percent after reporting robust quarterly earnings despite booking a $22 billion charge tied to last month’s passage of a major US tax overhaul.
United held on to early gains after reporting earnings that beat expectations, finishing the day up 1.9 percent.