Quartet of stocks, led by Wal-Mart, Goldman, chop 55 points from Dow industrials

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Thursday was being yanked firmly lower in early trade as four of its components were under severe pressure. Shares of Apple Inc.












AAPL, -1.11%










Goldman Sachs Group Inc.












GS, -1.08%










Wal-Mart Stores Inc.












WMT, -2.02%










and Cisco Systems Inc.












CSCO, -4.11%










were exacting a more-than 50-point toll on the Dow












DJIA, -0.50%










which was down more than 100 points at last check, with those components representing the lion’s share of the fall. Wal-Mart’s share decline came even as the the giant retailer reported quarterly results that were better than expected but showed disappointing sales in its Sam’s Club unit. More broadly, the S&P 500 index












SPX, -0.55%










was off 0.6% at 2,452, and the Nasdaq Composite Index












COMP, -0.82%










was giving up 1% in early trade at 6,284.

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