U.S. stocks ended little changed on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average halting its longest win streak this year.
"The market is a little overbought, but it's had a pretty good run here. The market got a big support last week from Janet Yellen," said Bruce Bittles, chief investment strategist at RW Baird, referring to comments by the Federal Reserve chair, who downplayed concerns about asset-price bubbles and inflation.
"I suspect the markets aren't going to get into any significant trouble unless the Fed has to rethink policy," Bittles added.
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"The housing numbers this morning were very good, you may have had a bit of buy the rumor, sell the news. The rally last week might have been in anticipation of this good economic data" that the market is expecting this week, said Phil Orlando, equity market strategist at Federated Investors.
"We're still sitting up here at 1,960 or so," Orlando added of the S&P 500, which finished at 1,962.87, its highest close, on Friday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Baghdad on Monday, where he pushed the Iraqi prime minister to form a more inclusive government as it attempts to stem a Sunni insurgency across much of the northern and western parts of the country.