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NewsWatch: Dow, S&P 500 snap run of record highs as stocks end lower after disappointing retail sales

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Stocks closed lower Tuesday, ending a five-day run of record finishes for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500, after July retail sales came in weaker than expected. See full story.

Big tech conferences are coming back, but smaller ones see a different path

Tech companies with typically the biggest conferences in the fall and in early 2022 are pressing forward with hybrid shows — a digital component running in tandem with in-person programs — despite a jump in COVID cases and hospitalizations, while smaller events are being scaled back to virtual-only get-togethers. See full story.

Warren Buffett bucks Wall Street by adding more Kroger stock to his portfolio

Kroger can be considered another value pick for Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, but it is also a long-term play on the transformation of food shopping. See full story.

Biggest Social Security COLA in years coming, but it could be bigger

Social Security calculations could cost recipients hundreds of dollars a year See full story.

SNAP benefits will increase to an all-time high — here’s how much more the average family will receive each month

Most households who receive Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits have at least one working adult. See full story.

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

At least 30% of Millennials or Gen Z in the U.S. say they have cut ties with a friend, family member or acquaintance because they wouldn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine. See full story.

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