The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 were little changed. The Dow closed down 2.6 points, or less than 0.1%, at 12,291 after slipping in the final minutes of trading. The S&P 500 gained 0.1 point, or less than 0.1% to 1,265 and the Nasdaq advanced 6.5 points, 0.3%, to 2,625.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Stocks closed mixed after a drop in the last minutes of trading as investors weighed downbeat housing numbers against improving U.S. consumer confidence.
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