Dow Ends With Triple-Digit Loss

Moderately positive news from Intel can't lift the Nasdaq to a positive close.
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Updated from 3:22 p.m. EST

The

Dow Jones Industrial Average ended with a triple-digit loss, and word that

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

is increasingly comfortable with its fourth-quarter performance wasn't enough to carry tech stocks to a higher close Tuesday.

The Dow lost 110.15 points, or 1.1%, to 9872.60. The

Nasdaq fell 5.26 points, or 0.3%, to 1935.97, and the

S&P 500 was off 7.92 points, or 0.7%, at 1149.50. Blue-chips struggled for the entire session after a disappointing reading on consumer confidence.

Intel told a technology conference in Arizona that it is more comfortable about achieving its fourth-quarter revenue targets, although the chipmaker noted the quarter is still a month from ending. The company had previously said it was targeting revenue of $6.2 billion and $6.8 billion for the period.

Overseas, European stocks were lower across the board, with London's FTSE 100 finishing down 0.7% at 5266, and Germany's Xetra DAX off 1.1% at 5060. Japan's Nikkei lost 1% overnight to 10,949 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 1.1% to 11,262.

The Conference Board said consumer confidence was weaker than expected in November, falling to 82.2 from a revised level of 85.3 the previous month. Economists, on average, were expecting a reading of 87.9.

Kmart

(KM)

posted a third-quarter loss of 25 cents a share, beating analysts' expectations. Net sales dropped 2.2% to $8.02 billion from $8.20 billion in the year-ago quarter. The stock lost 44 cents, or 6.4%, to $6.41.

Men's Wearhouse

(MW)

warned that its fourth-quarter profits will fall well short of Wall Street's forecasts. The apparel chain said it expects earnings of 35 cents to 45 cents a share, compared with the consensus estimate of 70 cents a share. The company's shares fell $2.79, or 12.3%, to $19.97.

Nokia

(NOK) - Get Report

was on the move as a result of its positive comments concerning 2002 sales expectations. The company forecast annual sales growth of about 15% for 2002 and said that 420 million to 440 million cell phones will be sold worldwide. Despite the outlook, Nokia fell $1.49, or 5.9%, to $23.75.

One bright spot was

Level 3 Communications

(LVLT)

, which jumped after the company signed a services deal with America Online, a division of

AOL Time Warner

(AOL)

. Level 3 advanced 86 cents, or 15.1%, to $6.56.

Walt Disney

(DIS) - Get Report

had its credit rating lowered to negative from stable by Fitch as theme park attendance has dropped significantly since Sept. 11. Disney's shares shed 33 cents, or 1.5%, to $21.06.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said 1,000 U.S. Marines will be in place near Kandahar in a few days to hunt down Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network. In Germany, delegates from four anti-Taliban groups have convened to discuss their plans for governing Afghanistan.

Around 4 p.m. EST, the 10-year Treasury was gaining 19/32 to 100 15/32, yielding 4.94%.