The Dow Jones industrial average broke out of its doldrums today--out through the bottom.

After going nowhere for four day in a row, the Dow went down 50 points, dropping to 10,519.58.

Other indexes fell as well, but the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index and the Nasdaq Stock Market composite index continued to move in a narrow range.

Both lost four points, with the S&P 500 closing at 1,217.59 and the Nasdaq composite slipping to 2,137.25.

Trading was still lighter than usual, which means it doesn't take much to push the market one way or the other.

Some of today's downward pressure came from crude oil--which remained at near-record prices after climbing a dime to $65.75 a barrel--just 35 cents short of its all-time peak.

Wall Street also reacted negatively to today's report on sales of existing homes which slipped 2.5 percent last month--a bigger slowdown than expected.

Investors are concerned that the ripples from the housing slowdown are hurting sales at stores selling goods for the home.

The stock of Pier 1 Imports plunged after that chain reported traffic in its stores is falling, forcing managers to cut prices to try to spur sales. Share of Williams-Sonoma also were down, though the company, which also owns Pottery Barn and Hold Everything, said its sales remain strong.