U.S. stocks ended slightly lower on Tuesday as investors weighed comments from a top U.S. regulator on struggling banks and sold shares of technology-related names after their recent strong run.
Michael Barr, the Federal Reserve's top banking regulator, told a Senate panel that Silicon Valley Bank did a "terrible" job of managing risk before its collapse.
Shares of Apple (AAPL.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O) along with other technology-related shares ended down and were among the biggest drags on the S&P 500.
The S&P 500 technology index (.SPLRCT) was down 0.5% on Tuesday, extending this week's declines, but remains up sharply for the quarter.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) fell 37.83 points, or 0.12%, to 32,394.25, the S&P 500 (.SPX) lost 6.26 points, or 0.16%, to 3,971.27 and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) dropped 52.76 points, or 0.45%, to 11,716.08.