NEW YORK, March 28 (Xinhua) -- U.S. stocks opened slightly lower Tuesday as Wall Street digested a batch of economic reports.
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index reported a 5.9-percent annual gain in January, up from 5.7 percent last month and setting a 31-month high.
The international trade deficit was 64.8 billion U.S. dollars in February, down 4.1 billion dollars from the figure of January, said the U.S. Commerce Department Tuesday.
Meanwhile, investors were still assessing the consequences of the healthcare bill's defeat.
House Republicans pulled their healthcare bill on Friday as they failed to get enough support for it, throwing the future of one of their top legislative priorities into serious doubt.
Analysts said that the failure sparked worries about the outlook for President Donald Trump's other business-friendly plans.
Shortly after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 14.10 points, or 0.07 percent, to 20,536.88. The S&P 500 decreased 0.99 point, or 0.04 percent, to 2,340.60. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 2.67 points, or 0.05 percent, to 5,837.70.
On Monday, U.S. stocks pared part of early losses to close mixed, with the Dow extending its losing streak to an eighth straight day.