In world economic news, European stocks closed mostly lower, while Asian markets were mixed.
In U.S. economic news, U.S. consumer confidence weakened unexpectedly in February.
Meanwhile, U.S. home prices fell for the second consecutive month in December. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index fell 0.1 percent in December, matching the previous month's decline.
The dollar rose versus the Pound and the Euro, but fell versus the Yen. Light sweet crude oil for March delivery rose to
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 27.48, or 0.2 percent, to 16,179.66. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 2.49, or 0.1 percent, to 1,845.12. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index fell 5.38, or 0.1 percent, to 4,287.59.
--SPA 10:55 LOCAL TIME
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