Markets managed to finish mixed after spending the majority of the session in negative territory. Ken Meyers has your stock market report on the Acadiana Business Index.

  • The Dow closed with a loss of 32 points to 13482, but the S&P 500 Index gained over a point to 1445 and the NASDAQ was higher by over 6 points to 3120.
  • Renewed euro zone concerns held markets back from extending Monday’s rally. In Europe, Spain’s Prime Minister said a request for rescue funds is not imminent, dismissing earlier reports that the nation was preparing for a bailout.
  • On our shores, investors were cautious ahead of Friday’s all-important jobs report. The nonfarm payrolls report was expected to show 115,000 jobs were added in September, but unemployment was anticipated to tick higher to 8.2%.
  • Overall, cyclicals underperformed defensive issues.
  • Material stocks led the retreat with Freeport-McMoRan down 17 cents to $39.68 and Alcoa fell 6 cents to $8.85.
  • On the earnings front, Mosaic’s profit tally fell short of estimates amid weak potash demand and its shares fell $2.25 to $55.76.
  • Express was also lower, declining $3.33 to $11.68, after cutting its third-quarter profit forecast.
  • NYSE Composite volume totaled over 3.2 billion shares. The NYSE was 7-6 positive on issues but even on volume.
  • On the NASDAQ, decliners matched advancers on issues and volume was 12-7 positive.
  • In fixed-income, Treasuries held onto minor gains with the 10-year note up 1/32 to yield 1.62% and the 30-year bond gained 2/32 to yield 2.82%.

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