The Nasdaq was down 0.21% to 3,172 in midday trading Tuesday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 0.06% to 13,545.
The S&P 500 fell 0.28% to 1,457.
The yield on a 10-year treasury bond was down 2.07% to 1.8%.
The price of gold was off 0.06% to $1,769.50 per ounce.
Shares of Anaheim-based drug maker Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. rose 3.47% to about $52 for a market value of about $3 billion.