Stocks fell Tuesday on mixed economic reports and concern about a government shutdown. Stocks edged lower in early trading, before reversing the losses to move modestly higher by late morning. The gains then fizzled out.
Wall Street couldn't shrug off doubts about the economy and government gridlock on Tuesday.
Mixed economic reports and concern about a government shutdown dragged stocks lower in the final half-hour of trading. They had been positive most of the day.
The modest losses extended the losing streak for the Standard & Poor's 500 index to four days. It was the longest run of declines in a month. The Dow Jones industrial average also dropped for a fourth straight day.
Investors struggled with conflicting news about the economy on Tuesday. One report showed that home prices in July rose the most in more than seven years. Another showed that Americans' confidence in the economy slipped in September.
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