NEW YORK, New York - Nothing much changed on Wall Street on Wednesday, as investors and traders remained relatively sidelined.
The odd mood was not confined to the United States, but across the globe with major indices flat, or mostly adrift (upwards or downwards).
The Dow Jones tumbled 152.66 points but in percentage terms, this was a fall of 0.44 percent. The index closed Wednesday at 34,447.14.
The Standard and Poor's 500 dipped 7.71 points or 0.18 percent at 4,219.55 after touching a new record high.
The Nasdaq Composite fell 13.16 points or 0.09 percent to 13,911.75.
The U.S. dollar similarly remained range-bound. The euro was steady at 1.2176 approaching the New York close Wednesday. The British pound was fetching 1.4110. The Japanese yen slid a few points to 109.64. The Swiss franc firmed to 0.8960.
The Canadian dollar was little changed at 1.211, as was the Australian dollar at 0.7728, and the New Zealand dollar at 0.7173.
In London, the FTSE 100 inched up 0.20 percent. The Paris-based CAC 40 edged up 0.19 percent. The Greman Dax dipped 0.38 percent.
On Asian markets, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong dropped 38.75 points or 0.13 percent to 28,742.63.
China's Shanghai Composite added 11.29 points or 0.32 percent to 3,591.40.
The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo declined 102.76 points or 0.35 percent to 28,860.80.
The Australian All Ordinaries fell 20.30 points or 0.27 percent to 7,522.00.