Hewlett-Packard's lowered forecast pulled the Dow down, to close about 68 points lower than the previous session. The Nasdaq barely gained, rising 0.90 points just before closing.
After Standard & Poor's downgraded its outlook on US debt Monday and sent stocks downward, stocks rose on Tuesday, with the Dow gaining about 65 points
FHA shutdown would hit first-time home buyers the hardest. Even a short-term FHA shutdown could dent confidence in the real estate market.