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US stocks end mixed after Greek worries blindside market; Facebook slumps
NEW YORK (AP) ' Stocks are closing mixed after news out of Greece yanked indexes lower shortly before the closing bell.
The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 2 points Tuesday to close at 12,503.
Markets were higher for most of the day after the National Association of Realtors said Americans bought more houses in April.
But a half-hour before the close, news that Greece's former prime minister said the country was considering dropping the euro sent markets lower.
The Nasdaq dropped 8 points to 2,839. The Standard & Poor's 500 inched up less than a point to 1,317. It was up 12 points earlier.
Rising stocks outpaced falling ones by a small margin on the New York Stock Exchange. Trading volume was higher than average at 4.1 billion.