The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond said manufacturing in the Central Atlantic region went flat in September with the headline index to a monthly survey at a neutral zero.
Home prices rose 1.8 percent June to July in a 10-city index, the Standard & Poor's Case/Shiller report said. The Conference Board said consumer confidence slipped slightly in September. The International Council of Shopping Centers, meanwhile, lowered its expectations for September's receipt total as the recent week showed shopping slowed in the week that ended Saturday.
The Dow Jones industrial average posted losses for the fourth consecutive day. The index shed 0.43 percent, 66.79 points, to close at 15,334.59. The S&P index dropped 0.26 percent, giving up 4.42 points to 1,697.42. The tech-dominated Nasdaq composite index added 0.08 percent, 2.97 points, to close at 3,768.25.
On the New York Stock Exchange, 1,697 stocks advanced and 1,357 declined on a volume of 3.2 billion shares.
Ten-year U.S. treasuries rose 13/32 to yield 2.656 percent.
The euro rose to $1.3471 while the dollar rose to 98.76 yen.
The Nikkei 225 index in Japan shed 9.81 points or 0.07 percent to 14,732.61.
The FTSE 100 index in Britain added 14.09 points, 0.21 percent, to close at 6,571.46.
Gold dropped 0.29 percent, giving up $3.90 to reach $1,323.10 per troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Silver dropped 0.58 percent, losing 12.7 cents to reach $21.73 per ounce.
In late trading, West Texas Intermediate crude oil for November delivery dropped 29 cents to reach $103.29 per barrel.
On the Chicago Board of trade, corn for December delivery lost 4 1/2 cents to $4.48 3/4 per bushel. Soybeans for November gained 4 1/4 cents to settle at $13.12. Wheat closed at $6.58 1/4, up 4 3/4.
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