December 11, 2013
Wall Street ends down on second day of shutdown
US stocks ended lower on the second day of a partial US government shutdown shortly before congressional leaders and President Barack Obama were scheduled to meet to discuss the budget impasse and raising the US debt limit.
The Dow Jones industrial average was down 58.56 points, or 0.39 percent, at 15,133.14. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 1.13 points, or 0.07 percent, at 1,693.87. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 2.96 points, or 0.08 percent, at 3,815.02.
European stocks fell today on the US shutdown but Italian shares rose after Prime Minister Enrico Letta survived a confidence vote.
The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares ended 0.7 percent lower at 1,247.14 points, while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was down 0.5 percent at 2,918.31 points.
Around Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 index fell 0.4 percent, Germany's DAX index lost 0.7 percent, and France's CAC 40 dropped 0.9 percent.