(CNBC) -- The three major U.S. stock indexes closed lower for a third-straight session Tuesday ahead of a key inflation reading and a kick-off to third-quarter earnings season.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed about 118 points, or 0.3%. The S&P 500 ticked down 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite traded 0.1% lower.
The averages traded near the flatline for much of Tuesday’s session before selling picked up into the close.
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