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Around the World's Markets: NEW YORK

BLUE-CHIP stocks fell in a second straight session of profit-taking on Tuesday while the Nasdaq moved further into uncharted territory on investors' continued appetite for technology shares.

The Dow Jones ended down 118.36 points, or 1.1 per cent, at 11,106.65. One trader called the drop "normal, healthy profit-taking".

The technology-heavy Nasdaq index shot up 40.91 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 3,586.92.