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US stocks Tuesday ended somewhat lower as investors looked ahead to a retail sales report that covers the beginning of the critical holiday shopping season. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 51.50 (0.32 percent) to 15,974.03. The broad-based S&P 500 shed 5.75 (0.32 percent) to 1,802.62, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index declined 8.26 (0.20 percent) to 4,060.49. Tuesday's losses came on a fairly quiet day for economic news, said Michael James, managing director at Wedbush Securities.