New York City - US stock markets fell in opening trade Tuesday as politicians in Washington appeared closer to a politically viable deal to end the government shutdown and avoid default on its debts.
Profit-taking appeared to be the rule after Friday's and Monday's solid gains on expectations of a deal that would end the weeks-long impasse that has roiled markets.
Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 62.23 points (0.41 percent) at 15,239.03.
The broader S&P 500 rose fell 6.82 (0.40 percent) to 1,703.32, and the Nasdaq Composite lost 5.61 (0.15 percent) at 3,809.66. - Sapa-AFP