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Blue chips closed the final session of the second quarter just barely to the upside, while tech shares continued the weakness that ended last week.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

edged ahead by 3.5 points at 11,350.01, and the

S&P 500

added 1.62 points, or 0.1%, to 1280. The


lost 22.65 points, or 1%, to 2292.98.

For the Dow, it wrapped up the quarter in negative territory, its third consecutive quarterly decline. That hasn't happened in 30 years.

Oil was in focus again at the start of the new, holiday-shortened week. Crude for August delivery closed down 21 cents at $140, after earlier passing the $143 mark to reach a new all-time high. Investors remain nervous about potential disruption of the Iranian oil supply as tensions mount over its nuclear program. Gasoline prices rose to $4.086 a gallon from $4.079. Gold ended the day down $3 at $928.30.

The early advance in crude had energy stocks trading higher, though the strength in the group was mitigated somewhat as oil pulled back.


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added 4.6% to $120.16, and

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climbed 4.8% to $88.05.

Elsewhere in commodities, the Department of Agriculture said that this year's corn crop will be 6.3 million acres leaner than last year's thanks in part to flooding in the Midwest. Corn futures reached $7.57 a bushel.

Utilities also logged a slight rally. The

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, which tracks the sector, was up 2.4% at $40.70.

Hand-wringing over the financial sector continued as Wall Street trading got underway. Ladenburg Thalmann analyst Dick Bove said

Merrill Lynch

( MER) will be forced to raise capital for the third quarter and may have to sell a portion of its stake in


. Bove slashed his 2008 earnings estimate for the brokerage to a loss of $1.64 a share vs. his previous forecast of $1.37. He also cut his profit estimates for

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. Merrill slumped 3% to $31.71, and Morgan Stanley lost 1.7% to $36.07.

Similarly, a Robert W. Baird analyst cut his earnings forecast and price targets for

Bank of America

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. Bank of America was off 2.9% at $23.87, while Wachovia dropped 4.3% to $15.53.

After Friday's close,

The Wall Street Journal

reported that


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is selling $500 million in municipal bonds to make payments following a credit-rating downgrade of the bond insurer by Moody's.

MBIA denied the report and also said today that it will collateralize $3.9 billion of its guaranteed investment contracts and terminate another $3.6 billion in GICs. Chief Financial Officer C. Edward Chaplin said that the company does not face a "tenuous situation." Shares ended the day up 5.3% at $4.39.

Most of the trading during the session was about end-of-quarter buying and selling, said Randy Diamond, vice president of equity research sales and trading at Miller Tabak, in an email. He said this trading is significant as it pertains to the market's "haves" -- energy -- and "have nots" -- financials.

Traders were also responding to several moves on the M&A front. French phone company

France Telecom


announced it has dropped its $42 billion bid for Sweden's TeliaSonera, saying the acquisition was not crucial to its strategy. Shares climbed 8.3% to finish at $29.63.

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were among the day's winners, each up more than 5% at $9.50 and $29.46, respectively.

Meanwhile, mining concern


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said it is taking a 60% stake in new steel presence

Dubai Steel Trading

. The

Financial Times

reported that Mittal is considering entering an acquisition fight over

Rio Tinto

( RTP), which faces a hostile takeout bid from

BHP Billiton

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. Rio Tinto finished the day up 8.2% at $495, and BHP Billiton tacked on 2.8% at $85.19.

Del Monte Foods

( DLM) said Sunday it would sell its seafood business, which includes StarKist canned tuna, to South Korean food company Dongwon Enterprise for $363 million. Shares tumbled 6.6% to $7.10.

As for earnings, tax-services company

H&R Block

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said it swung to a fourth-quarter profit from a loss a year ago, beating analysts' expectations. The stock gained 2.8% to $21.40.

Investors were putting money to work outside the financial space, giving the telecom and health care sector a chance to shine. Blue-chips


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led the Dow, as well as their respective sectors, into the green zone. Verizon ticked up 3.3% to $35.40, and Merck added 1.9% to $37.69.

Technology stocks had some trouble, weighing on the Nasdaq. A French court ordered online auction block


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to pay $63 million to luxury goods purveyor

Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy

and sister company

Christian Dior

over eBay's sale of knockoff accessories and perfumes. eBay lost 1% to $27.33.

Elsewhere in the Internet area,



said in a presentation filed with the

Securities and Exchange Commission



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was inconsistent in its buyout overtures, and may never have been committed to a takeover. Yahoo! shares fell 3% to 20.66.

On the data side, the June Chicago purchasing managers index offered a glimmer of hope, rising to 49.6 from 49.1 in May, beating the consensus estimate of 48.

"I wouldn't necessarily call that a tier-1 economic data point," said Stephen Sachs, director of trading at Rydex Investments, of the Chicago PMI. As the market retests the March lows, traders are going to be paying special attention to any data release, said Sachs. "Anything better than expectations at this point is going to be a positive."

Sachs said that bearish news, such as rising inflation in the Eurozone, concerns about oil and warnings from the Bank for International Settlements that the global economy may be in for a downturn, have already been taken into account. He also said that end-of-quarter buying may account for the slight rise in stock prices.

Treasury prices were nearly unchanged. The 10-year note held steady in price, yielding 3.97%, and the 30-year gained 1/32 to yield 4.52%. The dollar was stronger against the euro, the yen and the pound.

Overseas, the action was mixed. Japan's Nikkei and Frankfurt's Dax were both lower, while the Hong Kong Hang Seng and London's FTSE were gaining ground.