U.S. stocks have ended the calmest session in recent memory with a mixed performance as investors looked past a weak reading on the manufacturing sector and focused on the election, the Associated Press repoirted.
The Dow Jones industrials moved in a range of just over 155 points - well below October's average daily swing of 594 points.
Stocks showed no lasting impact from a report Monday that U.S. manufacturing activity fell last month to its lowest level in 26 years.
According to preliminary calculations, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 5.18, or 0.06 percent, to 9,319.83.
Broader stock indicators were mixed. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 2.45, or 0.25 percent, to 966.30, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 5.38, or 0.31 percent, to 1,726.33.