Stocks Fall amid Data, Thai Coup

August PPI and housing starts came in below Street expectations. Also in focus: falling oil prices, Thailand's state of emergency

Stocks finished modestly lower in a volatile session Tuesday, as oil prices continued to drop, an Internet bellwether issued a profit warning, and economic reports came in weaker than expected. Wholesale inflation data suggested the Federal Reserve will probably keep interest rates steady at Wednesday's policy meeting, but most economists believe other inflation indicators are headed higher, says Standard & Poor's Equity Research.

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