Stocks are closing lower in lackluster trading as protests against austerity measures in Europe bring new worries about the region’s financial system.
Most sectors fell on the stock market except for energy, which rose after crude oil prices gained.
With one trading day left this month, the Dow Jones industrial average is on track for its best September since 1939.
According to preliminary calculations, the Dow lost 23, or 0.2 percent, to close at 10,835.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 3, or 0.3 percent, to 1,145, and the Nasdaq composite fell 3, or 0.1 percent, to 2,377.
Rising stocks narrowly outpaced falling ones on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 1 billion shares.