Stocks fell Tuesday as investors tried to figure out what to make of Washington's debate over what should be done about raising the country's debt limit. A partial government shutdown reached its 15th day, causing investors to try to assess which businesses will be hurt by the reduced federal spending. Tuesday's decline was the first in a week.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 133.25 points, or 0.9 percent, to close at 15,168.01.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 12.08 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,698.06.
The Nasdaq composite rose 21.26 points, or 0.6 percent, to 3,794.01.
For the week:
The Dow is down 69.10 points, or 0.5 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 5.14 points, or 0.3 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 2.14 points, or 0.1 percent.
For the year so far:
The Dow is up 2,063.87 points, or 15.8 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 271.87 points, or 19.1 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 774.50 points, or 25.7 percent.
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Original headline: How the major stock indexes fared on Tuesday
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