US stocks have closed mixed after the government reported better-than-expected retail sales in December.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 27.57 points (0.20 per cent) to 13,534.89 on Tuesday.
The broad-based S&P 500 rose 1.66 (0.11 per cent) to 1,472.34.
The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite fell 6.72 (0.22 per cent) to 3,110.78.
"Traders were seemingly apathetic towards an upbeat retail sales report," Charles Schwab & Co analysts said.
US retail sales in December rose 0.5 per cent from the November level, the Commerce Department reported, suggesting solid consumer spending despite an ongoing debate in Washington DC over the fiscal cliff.
Facebook shares retreated 2.7 per cent after the company unveiled a venture with Microsoft's Bing to incorporate search functions into the social network.
Apple fell by 3.2 per cent in the wake of reports of weak demand for the company's latest iPhone.
Research in Motion, which had rallied in recent days in anticipation of the company's upcoming product launch, gave up 3.1 per cent on Tuesday.
Lululemon Athletica, which makes yoga clothing and other athletic attire, fell 3.9 per cent after issuing guidance on financial results that disappointed analysts.
On the positive side, Dell surged 7.2 per cent in the wake of reports that the company could become privately held.
Rival computer maker Hewlett-Packard fell 2.5 per cent.
Also showing strength was security software company Symantec Corp, which rose 4.7 per cent following news reports that the company was seeing buying interest from private-equity firms in its Altiris program.
Ford, which publicised new designs at the Detroit auto show, rose 2.2 per cent.
Arena Pharmaceuticals jumped 6.0 per cent.
Bond prices rose.
The yield on the 10-year US Treasury fell to 1.83 from 1.86 late on Monday, while the yield on the 30-year US Treasury dropped to 3.02 from the 3.04 per cent.
Bond prices and yields move inversely.