NEW YORK Nov 20 U.S. stocks declined on Tuesday
as comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke added to
worries about the impact of a U.S. "fiscal cliff" and as
Hewlett-Packard's stock sank on news of an accounting charge.
Bernanke, in comments before the Economic Club of New York,
said the Fed does not have the tools to offset the full harm of
going off the "fiscal cliff."
The Dow Jones industrial average was down 72.23
points, or 0.56 percent, at 12,723.73. The Standard & Poor's 500
Index was down 6.98 points, or 0.50 percent, at 1,379.91.
The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 16.63 points, or
0.57 percent, at 2,899.44.