Around the World's Markets: New York

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The Independent Online
SHARES OF most major indices were slightly lower in heavy late morning trade on sell-related programs linked to the triple-witching expiration of options.

Technology stocks remained pressured through the morning, led by a downgrade of Intel and profit-taking from this week's strong gains. Trading was very heavy.

Just before noon, the Dow Jones was down 0.32 at 10,841.31, while the Nasdaq index was down 1.45 at 2,542.70.

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