Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
New York - AFP
Wall Street stocks finished mixed Tuesday as investors digested August's gains in equities ahead of closely-watched central bank and labor market news later this week.
At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 17,065.47, down 32.98 points (0.19 percent).
The broad-based S&P 500 slipped 1.34 (0.07 percent) to 2,002.03, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rose 17.92 (0.39 percent) to 4,598.19.
"The market needs to rest" after the Dow and S&P 500 both gained more than four percent in August, according to Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital.
Analysts are looking ahead for news on additional possible monetary stimulus from Thursday's European Central Bank meeting. Friday's US jobs report could also move the market, analysts said.