Stocks lost some ground on Tuesday, trading little changed, as optimism about the economic recovery and earnings season was tempered by caution over the political landscape.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> added 28.12 points, or 0.28 percent, to 10,224.98. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was off 0.43 point, or 0.04 percent, to 1,096.35. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> edged up 0.50 point, or 0.02 percent, at 2,211.30.

(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Kenneth Barry)