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Wall Street sheds gains after comments on rate rise

US stocks trimmed earlier gains and were mostly negative after comments from Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell that the economy could be ready for interest rate increases twice this year.

The Nasdaq Composite index touched a record high earlier in the session, while the S&P 500 was less than seven points away from its all-time high, before they turned negative.

Global markets have been trading higher with European shares climbing to a three-week high, after Athens proposed new reforms on Monday, which were cautiously welcomed by euro zone finance ministers.

Mohannad Aama, managing director at Beam Capital Management in New York, said it was normal for investors to take to the sidelines and take away some profits after a big rally.

Powell said he thinks economic growth will accelerate in the second half of the year, the labor market will continue to improve, and price pressure in the economy will start to build.

Supporting Powell's view, a gauge of U.S. business investment spending plans rose in May in a tentative sign of stabilization in the manufacturing sector, which has been weak since the late summer of 2014.

New US single-family home sales increased in May to the highest in more than seven years, brightening the outlook for the housing market and the broader economy.

US Treasuries prices fell for a second straight day, with yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes rising to their highest levels in 1-1/2 weeks.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 12.74 points, or 0.07 percent, at 18,132.52, the S&P 500 was down 0.37 points, or 0.02 percent, at 2,122.48 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 4.31 points, or 0.08 percent, at 5,149.66.

Six of the 10 major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with the utilities index leading the declines with a 1.25 percent drop.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,561 to 1,387. On the Nasdaq, 1,350 issues fell and 1,279 rose.

The S&P 500 index showed 42 new 52-week highs and two new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 143 new highs and 17 new lows.

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