NEW YORK, RAW – The Dow and S&P 500 have fallen as investors took profits in some of the groups tied most closely to economic growth while the Nasdaq edged higher to another closing record.
Bank stocks fell as US Treasuries rallied, with the 10-year yield hitting its lowest level since February 24.
The Dow led the day’s declines while financials pressured the S&P 500 along with energy shares.
At the same time, a regulatory crackdown by officials in Beijing drove a sell-off in shares of several US-listed Chinese firms including Didi Global Inc.
Alan Lancz, president of Alan B. Lancz & Associates Inc, an investment advisory firm based in Toledo, Ohio, said investors may be taking profits after a strong end of the quarter and string of recent records.
“It was such a good quarter end,” he said.
Now, “cyclicals are really getting hit”.
With Treasury yields down, “investors may be worried the economy might not be a good as the stock market was showing,” he said.
Last week, all three indexes posted their fifth consecutive quarterly gains.
They scaled new highs on Friday.
The S&P 500 growth index also hit a record high on Tuesday while the S&P 500 value index was down.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 204.9 points, or 0.59 per cent, to 34,581.45, the S&P 500 lost 8.74 points, or 0.20 per cent, to 4,343.6 and the Nasdaq Composite added 24.32 points, or 0.17 per cent, to 14,663.64.
Data showed US services industry activity grew at a moderate pace in June, likely restrained by labour and raw material shortages.
The CBOE Volatility index rose.
Didi Global shares fell after Chinese regulators ordered over the weekend the company’s app be taken down days after its $US4.4 billion ($A5.8 billion) listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
Other US-listed Chinese e-commerce firms including Alibaba Group also fell.