NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The major U.S. stock averages finished just above session lows Tuesday as the International Monetary Fund's downgrade of its global economic outlook added to investor skittishness heading into the start of the new earnings season.
Greece was also in focus as German Chancellor Angela Merkel was greeted by protests over austerity measures during her first visit to the country since the debt crisis began. Uncertainty about Spain's bailout plans persisted as well.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 110 points, or 0.81%, at 13,473. The blue-chip index, which has now fallen two straight days, is still up 10.3% so far in 2012.
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