Stocks posted small losses today as the modest rally of the last two weeks ran out of steam, the Wall Street Journal reports. Housing starts for August rose 1.5%, less than expected. FedEx shares dropped after the company reported a 53% drop in quarterly profit. The Dow fell 2 points to close at 9,790. The Nasdaq lost 6 points, settling at 2,127, and the S&P 500 dropped 3 points, to 1,065.