Major stock indexes closed with modest losses Thursday after a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street that snapped a three-day streak of all-time highs for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq.
Investors turned cautious following news of a surge in cases of the new virus in China. The latest figures dashed hopes that the spread of the outbreak was peaking, which had helped lift stocks earlier in the week.
The S&P 500 index dropped 5.51 points, or 0.2%, to 3,373.94.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 128.11 points, or 0.4%, to 29,423.31.