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Stocks fall as EpiPen pricing questions pull down healthcare companies

Stocks fall as EpiPen pricing questions pull down healthcare companies

Stocks closed lower Wednesday, led by sharp declines in healthcare companies as outrage escalates over the steep price hikes for Mylan's EpiPens.

Trading remained quiet overall, with many investors on vacation. It was another below-average day of trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 65.82 points, or 0.4%, to 18,481.48. The Standard & Poor's 500 index sank 11.46 points, or 0.5%, to 2,175.44 and the Nasdaq composite slid 42.38 points, or 0.8%, to 5,217.69.

Major indexes were down slightly for most of the day, and the losses deepened as a late-day sell-off in drugmakers dragged the broader market lower. Mylan dropped...

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