U.S. stocks dipped on Wednesday as a drop in healthcare shares offset a string of positive corporate earnings and upbeat economic data from the United States and China.
U.S. stocks gained on Tuesday, with financials snapping a five-day losing streak as Treasury yields stabilized above 15-month lows.
Shares in Bayer plunged more than 10 per cent to their lowest in almost two years after a California jury ordered the German company's subsidiary Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages last week.
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg emerged from 10 hours of questions over two days from nearly 100 U.S. lawmakers largely unscathed.
The Nasdaq rose to hit another record. But as Fred Katayama reports, falling healthcare stocks capped the advance by the Dow and S&P 500.
Nearly two million people have been affected by the floods in Bihar, including thousands who have been forced to evacuate from their homes, officials said on Monday.