Shares of retailers and other consumer-services companies were flat after a strong reading of home-builder confidence.
In a good sign for the housing industry, the National Association of Home Builders on Tuesday said its index that measures confidence in the market for new single-family homes rose to 68 in October from 64 in September, though the tally was still short of its peak in the spring.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture dropped efforts to tighten regulations governing how meat companies deal with the farmers who raise the nation's poultry and livestock.
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October 17, 2017 17:45 ET (21:45 GMT)