Disappointing earnings from Oracle and lackluster new homes sales were enough to keep investors off balance Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial average eked out a slight gain – up 4 points to 12,107.74 – but tech stocks were roughed up.

The National Association of Realtors reported new home sales were less than expected in November, growing 4% to an annualized rate of 4.42 million, against expectations of 5.05 million.

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