Updated from 4:17 p.m. EDTStocks in the U.S. closed narrowly mixed Tuesday, as traders kept from making further big bets a day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at its highest level ever. The Dow slipped about 40.24 points, or 0.29%, to 14,047.31. The S&P 500 lost 0.41 point, or 0.03%, to 1546.63. The Nasdaq Composite added 6.12 points, or 0.22%, to 2747.11. The session included news of several mergers in the financial sector, as well as another bleak report on the housing market. But overall traders marked time following Monday's blowout start to the fourth quarter. In the prior session, the Dow jumped 191.92 points, or 1.38%, to 14,087.55, a record finish for the blue-chip index and the first time it closed above 14,000 since July 19. The S&P 500 added 20.29 points, or 1.33%, at 1547.04, and the Nasdaq rose 39.49 points, or 1.46%, to 2740.99. "Today was essentially a push, but after an incredible up move yesterday it was good we didn't retrace the gains," said Art Hogan, chief market analyst with Jefferies. "There weren't too many drivers today. We took a pause after the big run-up to digest ahead of a plethora of economic data due later this week, all coming to a crescendo with Friday's jobs report." Breadth was mildly positive Tuesday. On the New York Stock Exchange 3.20 billion shares changed hands, as advancers topped decliners by a 9-to-7 margin. Volume on the Nasdaq reached 1.78 billion shares, with winners outpacing losers nearly 3 to 2.