U.S. stocks traded lower Monday, with energy stocks weighing as oil prices declined, as investors looked ahead to major earnings reports and central bank meetings.
Chevron, Exxon Mobil and UnitedHealth contributed the most to declines in the Dow Jones industrial average, which held about 100 points lower in afternoon trade. The Dow is up about 3 percent for the month so far.
No major economic data was due Monday. The Dallas Fed manufacturing index improved from June’s negative 18.3 to minus 1.3 in July. Second-quarter GDP and housing data are among the major reports due later in the week.
About nine stocks declined for every five advancers on the New York Stock Exchange, with an exchange volume of 423 million and a composite volume of 2.0 billion in afternoon trade.
Two-day Fed meeting begins
9 a.m. S&P/Case-Shiller home prices
9:45 a.m. Services PMI
10 a.m. New home sales<br>10 a.m. Consumer confidence
1 p.m. $34 billion 5-year note auction
7 a.m. Mortgage applications
8:30 a.m. Durable goods; pending homes
11:30 a.m. $15 billion 2-year floating rate notes auction
2 p.m. FOMC rate decision