Stocks were down in early-trade on Tuesday as the policy logjam in Washington pushed the shutdown to its sixth day.
Earlier on Monday, President Obama said that he would support a stop-gap solution, which would allow the Treasury to raise its borrowing limit and prevent U.S. sovereign default; separately one influential senator is believed to preparing a draft, which calls for some spending cuts and reforming tax laws as part of broader deal, according to Reuters.
At last check, the Dow Jones edged down 0.22%; the NASDAQ Composite Index lost 0.13% while the S&P 500 Index slipped 0.17%.
Shares of J C Penney & Company (NYSE: JCP
) gained sharply in early-trade. J C Penney said in a statement that although it is still in its early stage of turnaround plans, sales results were showing improvement. The retailer also expects to end the current fiscal year with cash-in-hand of more than $2 billion.
Activist investor, Carl Icahn tweeted on Tuesday that has reached an agreement with Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN
) under which the company will allow the billionaire to choose two nominees for two board seats.
Shares of McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK
) climbed about 6% in early trade after the company said that it was in final stages of talks to acquire German drug distributor Celesio in deal valued at $ 5 billion, according to Dow Jones. The report said that the deal could be announced in coming days.
Yum! Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM
) and Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA
) are expected to report quarterly results after the market close.