Wall Street Stocks Waver After Terror Attacks in Belgium

Nasdaq turns green; S&P flirts with positive territory; safety plays like gold and Treasurys gain

by Ellie Ismailidou and Victor Reklaitis
Market Watch

U.S. stocks trimmed early losses Tuesday afternoon, dipping in and out of positive territory as investors skittishly monitored the aftermath of deadly attacks in Belgium that left more than 30 people dead and scores wounded.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% reversed early losses to briefly turn positive. In recent trade it was down 3 points, or 0.1%, at 2,049, led by losses in consumer-staples and consumer-discretionary stocks.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.06% slipped 28 points, or 0.2%, to 17,596, also weighed by a 1.5% drop in American Express Company AXP, -0.87% The blue-chip gauge was on track Tuesday to snap a seven-session advance, its longest since October.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.48% turned positive, last trading up 5 points, or less than 0.1%, at 4,813.

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