The Dow Jones industrial average eased nine points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 15,875.26 Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down five points, or 0.3 percent, at 1,781. The Nasdaq composite fell five points, or 0.1 percent, at 4,023.68
Recent good news on the U.S. economy could increase the likelihood that the Fed decides to pull back on its huge bond-buying program as early as this week.
Frontier Communications surged 38 cents, or 8 percent, to $4.78 after the company agreed to acquire AT&T's fixed-line business in Connecticut for about $2 billion.
Delta Air Lines fell 98 cents, or 4 percent, to $26.94.