March 20, 2012 / 1:47 PM / 5 years ago

Wall St opens lower after run-up

A Wall St. sign is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange September 30, 2008.Lucas Jackson/Files

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell at the open on Tuesday, taking a breather after the S&P 500 advanced for a third straight session and moved within 10 percent of its historic closing high.

The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI was down 79.92 points, or 0.60 percent, at 13,159.21. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX was off 9.06 points, or 0.64 percent, at 1,400.69. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 22.01 points, or 0.72 percent, at 3,056.31

Reporting By Angela Moon; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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