Existing homes sales continued their downward slide in December as the supply of houses on the market dropped to a record low, according to the latest housing data. Sales fell 3.6 percent in December vs. a 1.5 percent fall expected.
Over the weekend, the U.S. government shut down after a bill that would have kept it funded was voted down in the Senate. This marked the first U.S. government shutdown since 2013.
Shutdown concerns lingered on Wall Street on Monday; however, by the end of trade, major indexes hit all-time highs after it emerged the Senate had enough votes to stop the shutdown. They continued to post strong gains during Tuesday's session.
However, concerns over trade weighed on sentiment overseas, after President Donald Trump approved tariffs on solar cells and washing machines imported to the U.S. on Tuesday. South Korea said it would bring the matter to the World Trade Organization.