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US BLUE-CHIP stocks fell amid pressure from a weak dollar, but shares of technology companies appeared immune and continued to soar.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended off 23.43 points, or 0.24 per cent, at 9619.89, coming back late in the day from a 111 point loss. High-flying technology stocks lifted the tech-laden Nasdaq Composite Index to its seventh straight record close, up 39.69 points, or 1.72 per cent, at 2384.72.