NEW YORK (AP) _ Blue chips slid lower today as the technology-powered Nasdaq edged toward a new record high.

At 2 p.m. on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 67.20 at 9,207.44. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index rose 12.02 at 2,178.97, just shy of the 2181.77 record hit on Tuesday.

Broader stock indicators were generally down.

The Labor Department reported today that the number of Americans filing for unemployment last week rose by 79,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest weekly jump in benefit claims since 1992.

The main laggards on the Dow were General Motors, down 1 3/4 at 71 3/16, Hewlett Packard, down 1 1/4 at 68 11/16 and United Technologies, down 1 3/8 at 108 3/4. The Dow broke its eight-day winning streak on Wednesday.

Life sciences giant Monsanto rose 3 3/8 at 49 11/16 on the New York Stock Exchange after the Food and Drug Administration approved its new pain medication.

Internet stocks helped pace the Nasdaq, including Excite which rose 2 at 42 11/16.

Microsoft was down 1/4 at 138 3/4.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 3.96 at 1,227.97

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by an 11-to-8 margin on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 233.14 million shares.

The NYSE composite index was down 0.62 at 593.65, and the American Stock Exchange composite index rose 7.99 at 680.06

Overseas, Japan's Nikkei stock average fell 0.33 percent, Germany's DAX index was down 0.99 percent, Britain's FT-SE 100 was down 0.35 percent, and France's CAC-40 was up 1.24 percent.