The Dow Jones industrial average had a narrow trading range of 69.28 points in the session.
DJIA and S&P 500 tried to gain in morning session, but fell later, and recorded their first back to back decline since January.
The bull run seems to have taken a break, as investors examine the prospects of a tighter monetary policy. The Fed's monetary policy committee is set to meet between March 14 and 15.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury notes was higher at around 2.51% on Tuesday.
U.S. trade deficit jumped to highest level in nearly five years to $48.5 billion, in the month of January.
Advance decline ratio for New York Stock Exchange was 1:3, with trade volume of 793.32 million at the close.
The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) traded near 11.5.
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