NEW YORK CITY: US stock markets closed deep in the red Tuesday as politicians in Washington remained deadlocked over a deal to reopen the government and avoid default on its debts.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 133.25 points (0.87 per cent) at 15,168.01. The broader S&P 500 fell 12.08 (0.71 per cent) to 1,698.06, and the Nasdaq Composite lost 21.26 (0.56 per cent) at 3,794.01.
Both the Dow and the S&P 500 broke four-day winning streaks.
Stocks extended their slide in the afternoon after early hopes for a breakthrough in the divided Congress had evaporated.
On the 15th day of a US federal government shutdown, the result of Congress's failure to approve a budget for the 2014 fiscal year that began on October 1, Democrats and Republicans remained at loggerheads over the budget and raising the borrowing limit.
The US Treasury has warned that if Congress fails to lift the US$17.6 trillion debt ceiling by Thursday, it will lose its ability to borrow and could run out of cash to pay all its obligations.
"We're far from a deal at this point," White House spokesman Jay Carney admitted.
Apple shares added 0.5 per cent after it announced it was hiring the chief executive of British fashion house Burberry, Angela Ahrendts, as its new head of retailing.
Citigroup fell 1.5 per cent after missing forecasts for its third-quarter results, blaming in part slower trading gains.
Earnings per share were US$1.00 for the quarter, on revenues that jumped 30 per cent from a year ago, to US$17.9 billion, short of the US$18.7 billion estimates.
Johnson & Johnson edged up 0.1 per cent as it came in with a modest gain on earnings, net profits at US$2.98 billion from US$2.96 billion a year ago, and raised its full-year per-share forecast by four cents to US$5.44-US$5.49.
Coca-Cola fell 0.7 per cent. The soft-drink maker posted third-quarter earnings that beat expectations, but revenues fell 2.5 per cent under pressure from currency exchange rates. -- AFP