The S&P 500 ended slightly lower on Monday following a drop in oil prices that weighed on energy shares and offset a jump in financials as Bank of America`s results reinforced expectations of a strong U.S. earnings season.
The S&P energy sector <.spny> fell 1.2 percent, leading percentage declines among the 11 major S&P sectors. Shares of Exxon Mobil
Oil prices slumped more than 4 percent as Libyan ports reopened and traders eyed potential supply increases by Russia and other producers.
Bank stocks rose, reversing their slide on Friday, when JPMorgan Chase
Bank of America
That wasn`t enough to extend recent gains in the S&P 500, which on Friday had its highest close in more than five months.
Investors may be reluctant to make big trades ahead of the pickup in earnings reports this week and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell`s first congressional testimony Tuesday and Wednesday, said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago.
"We`re taking a bit of a break after a good run last week," he said.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> rose 44.95 points, or 0.18 percent, to 25,064.36, the S&P 500 <.spx> lost 2.88 points, or 0.10 percent, to 2,798.43 and the Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> dropped 20.26 points, or 0.26 percent, to 7,805.72.
After the bell Monday, Netflix
Sixty S&P 500 companies were due to report this week.
Analysts have forecast second-quarter earnings increased 21.1 percent from a year ago according to Thomson Reuters data.
Of the companies that have reported earnings through last week, 86.7 percent have topped earnings expectations, above the 75-percent average of the past four quarters.
The S&P 500 retail index <.spxrt> was up 0.3 percent. U.S. retail sales increased a strong 0.5 percent in June, Commerce Department data showed, indicating consumer spending accelerated in the second quarter.
Among stocks, shares of Arconic
Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 2.05-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.55-to-1 ratio favoured decliners.
The S&P 500 posted 16 new 52-week highs and two new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 59 new highs and 65 new lows.
Trading volume was light, with about 5.4 billion shares changing hands on U.S. exchanges. That compares with the 6.6 billion daily average for the past 20 trading days, according to Thomson Reuters data.
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