U.S. Stocks Fall Amid Broad Losses

By Riva Gold and Akane Otani Features Dow Jones Newswires

U.S. stock indexes fell Tuesday, as broad losses across sectors offset gains in shares of energy companies.

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Major indexes traded in a narrow range through the morning, but fell into negative territory after Donald Trump Jr. released emails about setting up a meeting with a Russian lawyer, several traders said.

Donald Trump Jr. believed he would receive "political opposition research" about then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the meeting, he said in a statement he published with the emails.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 87 points, or 0.4%, to 21321, coming off its session low. The S&P 500 fell 0.3% and the Nasdaq Composite edged down 0.1%.

Stocks have made little headway over the past month, something some investors and analysts have attributed to a lack of catalysts for gains ahead of the busiest period of the second-quarter earnings season.

While analysts expect S&P 500 firms to post another quarter of earnings growth, many say they are taking a more cautious stance on stocks -- especially as valuations are at higher-than-average levels and central banks signal they will move toward normalizing monetary policy.

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"Earnings are good right now -- the question is are they going to be good in 2018, and energy will probably have a lot to do with overall earnings growth," said Doug Foreman, chief investment officer of Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management.

Sliding oil prices have pressured shares of energy companies, the worst-performing sector in the S&P 500 this year. U.S. crude oil rose 0.8% to $44.77 a barrel on Tuesday, while the S&P 500 energy sector added 0.4%.

Snap shares extended declines from Monday, when it fell below its initial public offering price for the first time. The Snapchat parent's stock slid 6.4% on Tuesday after Morgan Stanley -- one of the underwriters for Snap's IPO -- downgraded the company and lowered its price target.

Government bonds were recently little changed, with the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note trading at 2.373%, according to Tradeweb, compared to 2.371% Monday. Yields rise as bond prices fall.

"There has a been a marked shift in the language from central banks," said Ryan Myerberg, portfolio manager at Janus Henderson. "We can see the powerful force keeping rates so low for so long is being unwound, but what it means for the near term is up for debate," he said, noting upcoming inflation readings, including Friday's U.S. consumer prices data, will be key for the direction of yields.

Elsewhere, the Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.4%, weighed down by declines in shares of U.K. companies.

Japan's Nikkei Stock Average gained 0.6% as a weaker yen, which benefits export-oriented stocks, provided support. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index gained 1.5%.

Write to Riva Gold at riva.gold@wsj.com and Akane Otani at akane.otani@wsj.com

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July 11, 2017 12:21 ET (16:21 GMT)