The S&P 500 opened lower by 13.94 points, or 0.49 per cent, at 2,839.64.
The index is just 1 percent shy of a record it hit on January 26 as an estimated 24 percent jump in earnings from S&P companies testified to the strength of the world's biggest economy and corporate sector.
The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell 4.08 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,686.80. The S&P financial index was down 0.6 per cent.
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At 9:53 a.m. EDT the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 38.77 points, or 0.15 percent, at 25,590.14, the S&P 500 was down 2.83 points, or 0.10 percent, at 2,855.62 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 7.72 points, or 0.10 percent, at 7,875.95. Occidental Petroleum, the largest Permian producer, fell 4.2 percent after it maintained a tepid production forecast for the year.
Shares of trade-sensitive companies also declined, including Boeing, 3M and Caterpillar, which were all down at least 1 per cent. Beijing announced Wednesday it would counter the most recent round of US tariffs with its own.
Tesla shares ended up 0.9 per cent.
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The S&P financial index .SPSY fell 1.4 percent, among the biggest drags on the S&P 500.
The S&P gains came as the latest data pointed to strength in the labor market, underscoring the health of the US economy despite ongoing trade tensions. The number of Tesla shares sold short rebounded and are now higher than before Chief Executive Elon Musk on Tuesday proposed taking the electric auto maker private, according to data from financial technology and analytics firm S3 Partners. Meanwhile, newly announced US sanctions against Russian Federation added to the turmoil.
Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 2.12-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.47-to-1 ratio favored decliners.
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Walt Disney (N:DIS) fell 0.8 percent after its quarterly profit missed estimates as new technology costs rose. That compares with the 6.4 billion-share daily average for the past 20 trading days, according to Thomson Reuters data.