Stocks Settle Lower Amid Mixed Economic Data

The Dow settled lower on Tuesday on the heels of declining consumer confidence data, though durable goods orders surpassed expectations. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq logged losses of their own, with the former seeing a third-straight daily drop. Meanwhile, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) -- also known as Wall Street's "fear gauge" -- saw a third consecutive win.

Closing Indexes Summary March 26

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats March 26


Unusual Options Activity March 26


Oil prices settled lower on Tuesday, amid Ukraine's continued attacks on Russian refineries and the Red Sea crisis, which has led to 100 million oil barrels remaining on international waters. May-dated West Texas Intermediate (WTI) shed 33 cents, or 0.4%, to settle at $81.62 per barrel on the day.

Meanwhile, gold prices edged higher as the U.S. dollar weakened ahead of this week's inflation data. April-dated gold added 8 cents, or 0.03%, to settle at $,2176.40 per ounce on the day.

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