USA stock indexes opened lower on Tuesday as investors paused after a recent record-breaking rally that helped the Dow notch up nine straight sessions of record close.
The index is ending up 25.61 points or +0.12%. The Dow has also advanced 11.8% entering Monday's session.
The S&P rose 0.2 percent to break its previous high of 2,484.04, its first record close since July 26.
"We've had an exceptional second-quarter earnings season which has given investors confidence", said Eric Wiegand, senior portfolio manager at U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve.
Investors are also awaiting earnings reports from retailers to conclude a largely positive second-quarter earnings season.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,476.
The Dow Jones industrial average hit intraday and closing records on Monday, adding to last week's record-setting performance. The Nasdaq composite rose 32 points, or 0.5 percent, to 6,383.
The Labor Department said USA job openings, a measure of labor demand, jumped to a record high in June and was at the highest level since December 2000.
Macy's, Kohl's, JC Penney are expected to report results this week, with Wal-Mart, Target due next week.
Tyson Foods (+5.7%) was the top performer in the consumer staples group after beating both top and bottom line estimates and issuing upbeat revenue guidance, and chipmakers helped boost the tech sector.
Dean Foods slumped 18.97% after the largest USA dairy processor's quarterly results came in below estimates.
The price of oil fell 1.4 percent, sending energy companies lower.
Avis Budget Group fell 7.94 percent as the auto rental company cut its full-year profit view. Nasdaq manages to set a new high for its biggest one-day percentage rise since July.