S&P 500 slips amid grim retail sales, trade hopes

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The S&P 500 and the Dow slipped while the Nasdaq posted a slim gain on Thursday as investors struggled to square grim retail sales data with hopes that high-level talks in Beijing could resolve the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 104.28 points, or 0.41 percent, to 25,438.99, the S&P 500 lost 7.35 points, or 0.27 percent, to 2,745.68 and the Nasdaq Composite added 6.58 points, or 0.09 percent, to 7,426.96.

Reporting by Stephen Culp; Editing by Tom Brown

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