S&P 500 energy stocks, which are sensitive to swings in oil prices, fell 0.4%. The Dow Jones industrial average lost ground for the third day in a row, weighed down by a steep drop in Travelers Cos. shares.
USA stocks eked out a small advance, dodging the losses that took hold in Europe and Asia, as investors evaluated the risk that a deadly respiratory virus spreading from China could curb global growth.
While investors remain cautious with global stocks trading close to all-time highs, corporate earnings are topping expectations and slew of data this month has validated forecasts for a recovery in the global economy.
However, earnings reports on Thursday were largely disappointing.
"Today was driven a bit by earnings but also by the coronavirus fears", said J.J. Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade.
The S&P 500 index inched up 3.79 points, or 0.1 percent, to 3,325.54. The underlying gauge rose 0.1% on Thursday.Japan's Topix index dipped 0.1%.Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.1%.Australia's S&P/ASX 200 Index gained 0.2%.Euro Stoxx 50 futures advanced 0.7%.
The Nasdaq Composite dropped 6.05 points, or 0.06 per cent, to 9,377.72 at the opening bell.
Canada's main stock index resumed its climb to record highs midweek as the Bank of Canada said it was finally open to lowering interest rates.
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US stock futures were steady after the S&P 500 eked out a small advance helped by gains for big tech companies.
Major U.S. stock indexes ended little changed Wednesday after an early rebound rally faded in the final minutes of trading.
Bond prices fell. The 10-year Treasury yield rose to 1.77% from 1.76% late Tuesday. However, prompt actions by China to contain the respiratory virus, including cutting off travel into and out of the city of Wuhan, where coronavirus originated, provided some comfort that the outbreak will be contained and not result in a pandemic that may affect global economic growth.
On Tuesday a US citizen who had recently returned from China was diagnosed in the Seattle area, making the United States the sixth country to report a case, following China, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
The WHO said it is a "bit too early to consider this event is a public health emergency of worldwide concern". Such a declaration can bring more money and other resources to fight a threat but can also trigger economically damaging restrictions on trade and travel in the affected countries, making the decision a politically fraught one.
American Airlines fell 2.9 per cent despite reporting a better-than-expected profit. Southwest Airlines gained 3.6 percent and Alaska Air Group rose 2.4 percent.
Real estate and utilities companies also notched gains as traders shifted money into safe-play sectors. Healthcare .SPXHC was the biggest percentage loser, while industrials .SPLRCI enjoyed the largest gain.