NEW YORK (Reuters) – The benchmark S&P 500 index ended little changed on Monday after oscillating between certain and destructive territory at some stage in the session after Citigroup Inc (C.N) kicked off the earnings season with a mixed quarterly file.

Traders work on the ground at the Fresh York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Fresh York, U.S., July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The financial institution reported an even bigger-than-anticipated profit but moreover a decline in its receive hobby margin. The drop in receive hobby margin precipitated a drop in shares of various banks on concerns that it would presage lower earnings across the exchange as hobby charges include dropped.

Despite the truth that Citigroup shares erased on the subject of all their losses to entire factual 0.1% lower, the S&P 500 financial institution index .SPXBK slid 1.0%. Shares of JPMorgan Slide & Co (JPM.N), Goldman Sachs Team Inc (GS.N) and Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) – all characteristic to file outcomes on Tuesday – declined more than 1%.

As a result, financial shares .SPSY fell 0.5% to weigh most heavily on the S&P 500 among its 11 critical sectors.

Positive aspects in technology .SPLRCT and healthcare .SPXHC shares offset the losses in financial shares, however. Those sectors helped the Nasdaq edge increased to notch its fourth consecutive file closing high.

2nd-quarter earnings commence up in earnest this week, and analysts ask of S&P 500 firms to file a 0.3% drop in profit, which might be the first quarterly drop in three years, per Refinitiv IBES information.

U.S. stocks is most regularly muted till more outcomes advance in, acknowledged Oliver Pursche, chief market strategist at Bruderman Asset Management in Fresh York. The three critical indexes ended final week at file closing highs as dovish feedback from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell bolstered hopes the central financial institution would prick support hobby charges later this month.

“It’s indubitably a wait-and-focus on environment,” Pursche acknowledged. “Citi turn out to be regarded at as moderately disappointing.”

Yet accurate earnings might presumably give U.S. stocks a extra boost, acknowledged Lamar Villere, portfolio manager of the Villere Balanced Fund in Fresh Orleans.

“We affirm earnings are going to be most regularly certain this season,” he acknowledged. “We’ve been on a bound this yr, but we restful include some room to slip.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Moderate.DJIrose 27.13 points, or 0.1%, to 27,359.16, the S&P 500.SPXwon 0.53 point, or 0.02%, to 3,014.3 and the Nasdaq Composite.IXICadded 14.04 points, or 0.17%, to eight,258.19.

Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD.O) shares rose 2.7%, serving to to lift the S&P 500 healthcare index, as the drugmaker acknowledged it would make investments $5.1 billion in a critical growth of its partnership with biotech Galapagos NV (GLPG.AS).

Boeing Co (BA.N) shares slipped 1.0% following a Wall Road Journal fileright hereon Sunday that its 737 MAX jet might presumably cease grounded till early 2020.

Symantec Corp (SYMC.O) shares tumbled 10.7%, the largest percentage drop among S&P 500 firms, after a file that the cybersecurity company and Broadcom Inc (AVGO.O) include ceased deal talks. Broadcom shares rose 1.0%.

Advancing disorders outnumbered declining ones on the Fresh York Stock Exchange by a 1.04-to-1 ratio; on the Nasdaq, a 1.06-to-1 ratio preferred decliners.

The S&P 500 posted 66 original 52-week highs and two original lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 77 original highs and 64 original lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges turn out to be 5.39 billion shares, compared with the 6.69-billion-share average for the plump session over the final 20 buying and selling days.

Reporting by April Joyner; Extra reporting by Evan Sully in Fresh York and Medha Singh and Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Bettering by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis