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NEW YORK, July 26 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were sharply lower on Tuesday afternoon, with Nasdaq down more than 2%, as a profit warning by Walmart dragged down retail shares and fueled fears about consumer spending.

Walmart (WMT.N) shares fell 8% after the retailer cut its full-year profit forecast late on Monday. Walmart blamed surging prices for food and fuel, and said it needed to cut prices to pare inventories. read more

Shares of Target Corp (TGT.N) declined 3.8% and Inc (AMZN.O) dropped 5.1%. read more

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Also, Amazon said it would raise fees for delivery and streaming service Prime in Europe by up to 43% a year. read more

Amazon was among the biggest drags on the Nasdaq and S&P 500, while consumer discretionary (.SPLRCD) fell more than 3% and led declines among S&P 500 sectors.

“The majority of companies that reported today beat earnings, and that’s been the case. But of course there have been some warnings, and that’s what the market is focusing on,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in New York.

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“Walmart basically pulled the plug, and most retailers are lower across the board.”

Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Co (KO.N) gained 1.9% after the company raised its full-year revenue forecast. McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) rose 3% after beating quarterly expectations. read more

A busy week for earnings includes reports from Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) after the bell. Microsoft was down 3.4% and Alphabet was down 2.9%.