With no major economic data released, Wednesday was a bit of a nothing-burger on the day. The Dow lost some ground while the other indices finished modestly to the upside.
There was more interest in the 10-year note, as the Treasury auctioned off $23 billion on what was deemed a very weak sale at a yield 2.333%.
Also making some headlines was WTI crude oil, which fell below $52 per barrel, after the American Petroleum Institute (API) said crude inventories rose by 14.2 million barrels, the second largest weekly build in the series.
The dull session comes as Q4 2016 earnings are winding down, and there hasn't been much in the way of good news from the corporate sector. Conversely, not many companies have been lowering forecasts, leaving investors in an area of suspense about which direction the market may go next.
At The Close, Tuesday, February 8, 2017:
Dow: 20,054.34, -35.95 (-0.18%)
NASDAQ: 5,682.45, +8.24 (0.15%)
S&P 500: 2,294.67, +1.59 (0.07%)
NYSE Composite: 11,252.31, +8.93 (0.08%)