The Dow dropped 66.84 points, or 0.2%, to 27,778.07. However, the S&P 500 climbed 0.2% to a record high of 3,389.78. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.7% to 11,210.84. The S&P 500 broke out to an all-time high, completing its recovery from the coronavirus sell-off.
The S&P 500's move into record territory came after more than a week of flirting with the milestone. "There has been a lot of good news seemingly validating" this move higher, said Andrew Slimmon, managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. However, Slimmon added the market is currently "very vulnerable to some type of bad news," citing the S&P 500's narrow leadership on toward the record high.
The minutes from the Federal Reserve's meeting in July are set for release on Wednesday.
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