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NEW YORK, Nov 26 AFP

November 27 2012, 08:13AM

Strong gains by Apple, Facebook and other key tech stocks sent the Nasdaq exchange higher on Monday while the Dow and S&P 500 sagged.

The US markets were generally feeble on the first session after the slow Thanksgiving holiday week, with the jury still out over how strong the crucial Black Friday holiday sales went for retailers.

At the close of trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 42.31 points (0.33 per cent) at 12,967.37.

The broad-market S&P 500 lost 2.86 (0.20 per cent) at 1,406.29, while the Nasdaq Composite rose 9.93 (0.33 per cent) to 2,976.78.