NEW YORK — Stocks fell again on Wall Street today as investors lose hope that Washington will meet a self-imposed deadline for reaching a budget deal by year-end.
The five-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average is the longest since July.
The Dow lost 158 points to close at 12,938 today.
The Standard & Poor 500 index fell 15 points to 1,402, and the Nasdaq dropped 25 points to 2,960.
The market was down all day. The losses accelerated in the final 20 minutes of trading as reports circulated that President Obama would not make a new budget proposal in a meeting with congressional leaders.
Two stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was lower than the recent average at 2.4 billion shares.