Underscoring the lack of new catalysts on Wall Street, the S&P 500 has not moved more than 0.4 percent in either direction in the past 11 trading days.
The Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 0.3% at 6,120, while the S&P 500 index ended off about 0.1% at 2,396 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.2% at 20,975, weighed by a slide in Chevron Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The Nasdaq stood fast, closing up 0.3% to post another new closing high.
The 10-year US Treasury yield rose to its highest in a month, while gold prices fell, indicating a shift in investor preference for riskier assets. Energy stocks in the S&P 500 sank 0.9%, tied for the day's biggest drop among the 11 sectors that make up the index.
The Nasdaq is up 19.83 points, or 0.3 percent.
Apple rose 0.64 percent to end at $153.99, giving it a market valuation of $802.9 billion, a first for a US company.
United Continental gained 4.8 percent after projecting that second-quarter passenger unit revenue would rise one to three percent compared with the year-ago level.
How major U.S. stock market indexes fared on Tuesday
Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently reported that inflows into US stocks are at a nine-year low, as investors opt for European markets.
Marriott International jumped 6.4% to $102.50 after reporting stronger-than-expected earnings for the latest quarter. And the recent presidential election in France raised confidence that voters may be turning their back on a nationalistic brand of politics that could hurt global trade.
The S&P 500 is up 158.09 points, or 7.1 percent. Now, with bonds beginning to pay more interest, demand for dividends has dulled a bit.
"At the same time the VIX index tracking S&P 500 volatility fell to a 24 year low".
The euro fell to $1.0869 from $1.0930. Benchmark U.S. crude fell 55 cents to $45.88 a barrel. Brent crude, the worldwide standard, fell 61 cents to $48.73 per barrel. The dollar rose to 114.07 Japanese yen from 113.07 yen, and the British pound slipped to $1.2928 from $1.2943. Oil futures fell almost 1% in NY to settle just above $46.00 a barrel.
Fedusa 'welcomes' court ruling on reshuffle
Zuma argued he was exercising his powers in terms of section 91 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. A legal review could potentially find Mr Zuma's reasoning for the reshuffle unlawful, which is what the DA wants.