Share prices on the New York Stock Exchange fell in the afternoon on Tuesday after falling on poor financial reports from technology and travel companies and investors tracking inflation.
The S&P 500 index fell 0.4%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 20 points (0.1%) to 32,812 and the Nasdaq fell 1.3%.
Tech stocks fell sharply, leading the rest of the market to fall.
Chipmaker Micron Technology fell 5.7% after warning investors that profits could be dented by a slump in demand.
That warning hit the entire chipmaker industry. Nvidia fell 5.6%.
Norwegian Cruise Line fell 12.2% after issuing disappointing financial reports and unfavorable forecasts. This saddened the entire travel sector: Expedia fell 3.2% and American Airlines lost 3.3%.
US crude oil prices changed little and the energy sector advanced. Exxon Mobil rose 2.9%.
Audience measurement company Nielsen rose 21.4% as it announced progress in talks to be acquired by a private equity company.
The yield on US 10-year Treasury bonds rose to 2.78% from 2.75%.
Investors remain watchful of inflationary trends. The US government will release its report on consumer prices for July on Wednesday and producer prices on Thursday.