U.S. stocks closed mostly lower as earnings season continues and investors look ahead to Friday's jobs report. In economic news, U.S. securities regulators voted in favor of new rules that allow investors to pick directors from a single ballot, opening up the governance process of large corporations. In corporate news, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group is in talks to acquire Bai Brands, a move that would break its track record of only investing small stakes in growth drink brands. U.S. bond prices dropped as the markets await both the upcoming election and a Federal Reserve meeting in the coming weeks.
The best-performing sector was: Financials
While the worst-performing sector was: Health Care
The Dow Jones Industrial Average* was up 30.06 at 18,199.33
The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 3.73 at 2,139.43
The NASDAQ Composite Index was down 33.13 at 5,250.27
Volume on the New York Stock Exchange was moderate, with 885.98 million shares traded. Decliners outnumbered advancers by roughly a 2-to-1 margin.
The spot price of gold fell $7.22 to $1,266.51
The spot price of silver fell $0.13 to $17.63
And crude oil prices fell $0.83 to $49.13
The 30-year Treasury yield closed at 2.54%
And the 10-year Treasury yield finished at 1.79%
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