U.S. stocks traded mildly higher Tuesday, trying to snap three straight days of declines as investors weighed a trio of strong U.S. economic data on job openings, small business confidence and inventories. The Dow Jones Industrial Average turned negative for the year a day earlier, driven by losses in the technology sector.

Tuesday’s gains were led by the energy sector, while tech was the largest decliner.

The Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) added 6.44 points, or 0.04 percent, to 17,772.99. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) rose 1.14 points, or 0.06  percent, to 2,080.43. However, the Nasdaq composite (INDEXSP:.INX) lost 22.30 points, or 0.43 percent, to 4,999.96.

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