US markets stable after Brussels attack

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(Close): Wall Street stocks mostly recovered from Tuesday's early losses sparked by deadly terror attacks in Brussels.

The Dow Jones closed down 41.30 points to 17,582.57, while the S&P 500 slipped 1.80 to 2,049.8.

The tech-based Nasdaq rose 12.79 points to 4,821.66.

Airlines and travel stocks saw some of the biggest falls following news of the attacks at Brussels' international airport and a metro station.

"Considering the circumstances, equity markets are holding up pretty well," said Jack Ablin of BMO Private Bank.

Delta Air Lines lost 1.5% and United Continental was down 1.1%.

Online travel booking companies also fell. Priceline shares dropped 2.3%, while Expedia lost 1.7%. Shares of Trip Advisor fell 2.5%.

The day's biggest gainers were healthcare stocks. United Health rose 1.3% and Community Health rose 6.6%.

Drugmaker AbbVie's shares rose 2.7%