The New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 24, 2015.

The New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 24, 2015. Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

Stocks recouped some losses Tuesday ending the day mixed, as investors evaluated moves in anticipation of an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve next month.

At the close on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average had recovered to close up 27.7 points, about 0.2 percent, at 17,758.2. The Standard & Poor's 500 index also recovered closing up 3.1 points, about 0.2 percent, at 2,081.7. Only the Nasdaq composite closed with a loss, giving up 12.1 points, about 0.2 percent, to 5,083.2.

Corporate news was mixed. Most companies have now reported their third-quarter results, and reports from retailers are coming in. That should give investors some insight into how the holiday shopping is shaping up.

CRUDE ENERGY: As the markets closed, the price for the Dec. 15 contract on U.S. benchmark crude oil was up 24 cents at $44.11 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

NOT PLAYING AROUND: The U.S. toy industry is expected to have its strongest year in at least a decade after several years of kids choosing video games and mobile apps over Barbie and stuffed bears, according to The NPD Group Inc., Annual toy sales are projected to rise 6.2 percent to $19.9 billion in 2015, according to The NPD Group Inc., a market research firm that tracks about 80 percent of the U.S. toy market. The researchers expect a 4 percent increase from last year, and the biggest increase in at least 10 years, since the group has tracked toys using its current system.

TAKE OFF, EH: The federal government wants to block a deal that would increase United Airlines' grip over Newark Liberty Airport, saying that it would drive up fares.

The Justice Department on Tuesday sued to block a deal that would let United acquire 24 takeoff and landing slots at Newark from Delta Air Lines. Federal officials said the agreement would give United -- already the dominant airline at the airport near Lower Manhattan -- an even greater competitive advantage that would lead to higher fares and fewer choices for passengers.

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