Overnight the European shares edged higher but US ended down. Procter & Gamble Co. and Coca-Cola Co. retreated as companies that make food, beverages and household products slumped. Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. gained as energy shares surged.
The S&P 500 (SPX) retreated 0.1 percent to 1,666.29 in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 19.12 points, or 0.1 percent, to 15,335.28. About 6 billion shares traded hands today, or 5.1 percent below the three-month average.