News Summary: Stocks mixed in thin trading
HOUSE PRICES UP: House prices increased in all major U.S. cities in June, according to the closely watched Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home-price index. It was the latest sign that the housing market has been gaining strength.
CONFIDENCE DOWN: The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index for August fell to its lowest point since November 2011. Economists had expected a much higher reading. The index was 60.6, down from 65.4 in July.
STOCKS MIXED: The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 21.68 points to close at 13,102.99. The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped 1.14 points to 1,409.30.