Summary Box: Stocks flat amid light trading

AP News
Posted: Dec 27, 2011 4:50 PM
Summary Box: Stocks flat amid light trading

SHARES RISE: Stocks were barely changed Tuesday on mixed economic news and light trading. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 2.65 points to 12,291.

CONSUMERS VS REAL ESTATE: Consumer confidence surged to an eight-month high, but home prices dropped in major cities. Home prices fell in 19 of the 20 cities tracked by the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index soared near a post-recession peak.

SEARS HURTS: Sears plunged 27 percent to $33.38, the most in the S&P 500. The retailer said it would close between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores following poor sales during the holidays.