SHUTDOWN LOOMS: Republicans and Democrats were in the final day of talks to reach a budget agreement. Without a deal, the federal government is expected to stop services that aren't considered essential. That means most economic reports would be suspended. Sales of debt would continue.
RISING CRUDE: Crude oil jumped $2.49 to settle at $112.79 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That's the highest price since Sept. 22, 2008.
THE INDEXES: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 29.44 points to close at 12,380.05. The S&P 500 index slipped 5.34 to 1,328.17. The Nasdaq lost 15.72 to 2,780.42.