The Dow and S&P 500 slipped on Tuesday, weighed by declines in financials and disappointing housing data, but the Nasdaq gained as investors snapped up technology shares ahead of results from Hewlett Packard .

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> slipped 29.23 points, or 0.34 percent, to 8,474.85. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> dipped 1.58 points, or 0.17 percent, to 908.13. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> added 2.18 points, or 0.13 percent, to 1,734.54.

(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Leslie Adler)