Indices ended in the red zone on Tuesday. Brands including Caterpillar and Home Depot traded lower. Stocks posted a fractional downswing on a variety of economic news. Consumer confidence rose in February. Conference Board data showed a 9.7 points climb to 131.4, a three-month high. On another note, new residential construction decreased in December. Housing starts slipped 11.2% to an annual rate of 1.08 million, a two-year low. Looking ahead, employment numbers for February will be released on Friday.