Stocks pull back from record rally

Specialist Wingszi Chiang works with traders at her

Specialist Wingszi Chiang works with traders at her post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, June 2, 2014. (Credit: AP / Richard Drew)

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The stock market pulled back Tuesday from record highs the day before.

Hillshire Brands jumped as a bidding war for the company heated up, while Krispy Kreme Doughnuts plunged after issuing a disappointing forecast.

At the close on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 21.3 points, or about 0.1 percent, to 16,722.3. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell less than a point to 1,924.2, and the Nasdaq composite fell 3.1 points, or nearly 0.1 percent, to 4,234.1.

Despite Tuesday's decline, the direction for the stock market the last two weeks has been up. The S&P 500 and Dow have fallen just three times in the last 12 sessions.

Deli meat and hot-dog maker Hillshire Brands rose $5.08, or 9.5 percent, to $58.65.

Two companies -- Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson Foods -- are in a bidding war to buy Hillshire. The company said it will hold separate talks with the companies after Pilgrim's Pride raised its bid for Hillshire to $55 a share, $5 more than what Tyson Foods offered last week.

Hillshire's closing stock price of more than $58 is a sign that investors believe Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson are willing to offer much more for Hillshire.

Meanwhile, the stock of the suitors fell. Tyson slipped $1.32, or 3 percent, to $42.08 and Pilgrim's Pride declined 58 cents, or 2.2 percent, 25.34.

It's been a quiet week so far, with summer setting in and trading slowing down. Investors had one piece of economic data to interpret Tuesday.

Orders to U.S. factories rose for a third consecutive month in April, the latest evidence that manufacturing was regaining momentum after a harsh winter. Factory orders rose 0.7 percent in April, better than the 0.5 percent rise that economists expected.

The factory orders data was the third manufacturing report in two days. On Monday, reports on U.S. and Chinese manufacturing activity came in above expectations. That helped send both the Dow and S&P 500 to record highs for the second straight trading day. The S&P 500 closed at an all-time high of 1,924.97 that day, while the Dow ended at 16,743.63.

"The economic data here continues to get incrementally better," said Quincy Krosby, a market strategist for Prudential Financial. "But Friday's jobs report is the big number this week.

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