Stocks ended slightly lower Tuesday as investors held back ahead of three critical events this week: policy meetings at both the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank and a closely watched report on jobs in the U.S.
The Dow Jones industrial average sank 64.33 points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 13,008.68.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 5.98 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,379.32.
The Nasdaq composite index dropped 6.32 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,939.52.
For the week:
The Dow is down 66.98, or 0.5 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 6.65, or 0.5 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 18.57, or 0.6 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 791.12, or 6.5 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 121.72, or 9.7 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 334.37, or 12.8 percent.