Stocks have moved mostly lower in morning trading on Wednesday, adding to the modest losses posted in the previous session. The Dow and the S&P 500 are pulling back further off the record closing highs set on Monday.
The major averages have climbed off their lows of the session but remain in negative territory. The Dow is down 61.31 points or 0.3 percent at 22,024.03, the Nasdaq is down 30.87 points or 0.5 percent at 6,339.59 and the S&P 500 is down 5.90 points or 0.2 percent at 2,469.02.
The continued weakness on Wall Street reflects geopolitical concerns amid a continued increase in tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.
The lower close on Tuesday came on the heels of remarks by President Donald Trump warning North Korea against making further threats.
Trump told reporters further threats from North Korea would be “met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
North Korea seemed unfazed by the president’s bluster, however, as state media carried a statement indicating the communist nation is “carefully examining” a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
The back-and-forth came on the heels of reports the U.S. intelligence community has determined North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.
A notable decline by Disney (DIS) is weighing on the Dow, with the entertainment giant slumping by 4.6 percent on the day.
The drop by Disney comes after the company reported fiscal third quarter earnings that came in above estimates but on weaker than expected revenues.
On the U.S. economic front, the Labor Department released a report showing labor productivity increased by slightly more than expected in the second quarter.
The report said labor productivity climbed by 0.9 percent in the second quarter after inching up by a revised 0.1 percent in the first quarter. Economists had expected productivity to increase by 0.7 percent.
The Labor Department also said…