On the corporate front, shares of Urban Outfitters ( URBN) jumped after the Philadelphia-based specialty fashion apparel retailer posted above-consensus quarterly results following Monday's closing bell. The stock rose 18.2%.

Best Buy ( BBY) was back in the news on Tuesday. The stock closed off 1.4% in recent trades after the Minneapolis-based consumer electronics retailer, which named a new CEO on Monday, reported quarterly results that were well short of Wall Street's expectations and suspended its guidance.

Facebook's ( FB) stock dipped 4.3% in the wake of news that director Peter Thiel has unloaded most of his stake in the company following the expiration of restrictions on insider sales.

Dell ( DELL) reported second-quarter earnings per share of 50 cents, which beat Wall Street's consensus of 45 cents. Shares were losing 4.2% in extended trading after the company lowered guidance. Revenue came in at $14.48 billion, but analysts expected $14.64 billion. The stock dropped 1.8% during the regular session.

Nordson ( NDSN), the Westlake, Ohio-based manufacturing technology company, topped Wall Street's expectations for its fiscal third-quarter results and gave a strong revenue outlook for the fourth quarter. Shares popped 11%.

Shares of Church & Dwight ( CHD) rose 5.1% after the company agreed to buy privately held vitamins and supplements maker Avid Health for $650 million in cash.

October crude oil futures settled up $71 cents at $96.68 a barrel and December gold futures surged $19.90 to settle at $1,642.90 an ounce.

The benchmark 10-year Treasury was falling 2/32, raising the yield to 1.805%. The greenback was down 0.64%, according to the dollar index.

The Hong Kong Hang Seng index finished down 0.02% and the Nikkei in Japan closed down 0.16%.


--Written by Andrea Tse in New York.

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