Major U.S. stock-indexes fell, pressured by a setback in Greece's debt talks and increased possibility of a September rate hike. Still, the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were on track to close higher for the week, after posting declines for two weeks in a row. Greece said it would not cross its "red lines" as it looked to intensify political negotiations for an agreement, saying the International Monetary Fund's move to quit bailout talks was aimed at putting pressure on Athens. Investors were also edgy ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee meeting next week - the central bank's last meeting before September - which may provide clues on the timing of an interest rate hike.
All of Dow stocks in negative area (30 of 30). Top looser - Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK, -1.51%).
S&P index sectors in negative area. Top looser - Healthcare (-1.0%).
At the moment:
Dow 17809.00 -153.00 -0.85%
S&P 500 2085.75 -15.75 -0.75%
Nasdaq 100 4450.75 -33.25 -0.74%
10-year yield 2.36% -0.02
Oil 60.18 -0.59 -0.97%
Gold 1179.60 -0.80 -0.07%