Stocks were little changed as investors assessed the health of the economy through a slew of data, including regional business activity and consumer sentiment.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> added 7.49 points, or 0.09 percent, to 8,411.29. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> gained 0.86 points, or 0.09 percent, to 907.69. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> put on 1.15 points, or 0.07 percent, at 1,752.94.

(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Theodore d'Afflisio)