The 30-stock Dow traded 83 points as Walgreens Boots Alliance lagged. The S&P 500 traded flat, while the Nasdaq Composite traded gained 0.2 percent.
Consumer staples and energy were the worst-performing sectors in the S&P 500, sliding about 0.7 percent each. Communication services outperformed, rising 0.4 percent.
“Today looks like consolidation,” said Larry Benedict, founder of The Opportunistic Trader. But “we’ve definitely broken out of that range around 2,800; we’re now around 2,870. We could go to the high” seen last year.
Benedict added the March jobs report — which is scheduled for release Friday morning — could be the catalyst for stocks to reach record highs. “These numbers on Friday are really much more important to what’s going to happen in the next move from here.”
The movesTuesday come after strong manufacturing data out of the U.S. and China raised sentiment during Monday’s session, with the Dow closing above 26,000 points for the first time since Feb. 26. The 30-stock index also gained more than 300 points on Monday, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both rallied more than 1 percent.
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The data sent Treasury yields surging on Monday, which in turn lifted bank stocks. Rates were down slightly on Tuesday, as the benchmark 10-year yield traded at 2.47 percent.
Data released Tuesday showed capital goods orders fell 0.1 percent in February, while economists polled by Refinitiv expected an unchanged print.
Monday’s gains added to a strong start to 2019 for stocks as the S&P 500 trades more than 13 percent higher for 2019. However, gains will be harder to come by moving forward, according to Richard Turnill, global chief investment strategist at BlackRock.
“We see a repeat as unlikely and a narrower path for a grind higher,” Turnill said in a note. “The global economy must remain strong enough to quell recession fears but weak enough to keep policymakers on hold, we believe.”
“We see further decelerations in both economic and earnings growth ahead, with pressure on historically high corporate profit margins,” Turnill added. “Yet we are also increasingly confident that the global economy can remain in late-cycle throughout 2019.”
Delta Air Lines, meanwhile, rose 6.7 percent after the company hiked its earnings guidance for the first quarter. Delta cited healthy demand.
Walgreens results come ahead of what Wall Street expects to be a tough earnings season. First-quarter earnings for the S&P 500 are expected to have fallen nearly 4 percent from the year-earlier period, according to FactSet.
“We had five straight quarters of double-digit growth and now the expectations are for a slight move backwards,” said Craig Birk, chief investment officer at Personal Capital. “It will be interesting see how people deal with that after becoming really used to strong growth.”
—CNBC’s Ryan Browne contributed to this report.