S&P, Nasdaq trade up, Dow drops

Traders work on the floor of the New

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange minutes before the closing bell on Monday. The monthly manufacturing survey from the Institute for Supply Management on Monday pointed to an improvement. (Oct. 1, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Mixed signals on the world economy tugged on major stock indexes Tuesday.

The country's largest fertilizer company, Mosaic, said weak demand from China and India has hurt its profits. Mosaic, Dupont and stocks of other companies in the materials industry fell.

But utilities and health care stocks, where investors often retreat in a slow-growing economy, helped pull the Standard & Poor's...

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