WINDERMERE, Fla. (Stockpickr) -- U.S. stocks are trending lower today after a disappointing reading on U.S. consumer confidence kept buyers at bay who were initially bullish on hopes for a European Union pact on their sovereign debt problems.
The Conference Board's index of U.S. consumer confidence in January hit 61.1 from a revised 64.8 in December, which is well below the 68.0 reading that Wall Street analysts' were expecting.
At last check, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading lower by 54 points and the S&P 500 was off by around 4 points. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was trending down 6 points. Despite the weakness in equity markets today, all three major index are trading within range of some major breakout levels. For the Dow, that level is 12,841.95, and for the S&P 500, it sits at 1333.47. The key technical breakout level for the Nasdaq is 2834.30.
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