Stocks on the Wall Street finished the day in the red Tuesday a day after the S&P 500 hit a record high.
Hopes of a U.S.-China trade deal have caused markets to rise this week but the indexes pulled back after Trump administration officials told Reuters that the interim trade agreement between Washington and Beijing may not be finished in time for when President Trump and his Chinese counterpart meet next month.
Also front and center for investors: monetary policy.
With the Federal reserve on Wednesday expected to cut rates for the third times this year.
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SCHLEIF, SAYING: "We are expecting one more cut from the Fed, and its anybody's guess what happens in December and a lot of it will depend on the commentary that accompanies that and I think the markets have already discounted that cut and would be very surprised if they don't cut." Investors also had a heavy batch of corporate earnings to sift through.
Shares of drug makers
Class="kln">Merck and Pfizer both rose after reporting strong results, making healthcare the best performing sector of the session.
Meanwhile Google parent Alphabet lost ground, weighing on the Nasdaq after reporting a profit miss due to higher costs.
Still on track to report this week, Facebook and