Banks stocks fell along with broader equities Tuesday after a report showed that consumers remain wary of the economy despite encouraging comments from government officials in recent weeks.

The Conference Board's monthly gauge of consumer confidence fell for September, after rising a month earlier, to 53.1. The report took the steam out of early gains, which were temporarily fueled by the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller Housing Index, which found home prices rising in 18 of the 20 markets it covers.

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