Dow Dwindles, NASDAQ Breaks Win Streak

Stocks fell on Thursday following the release of lackluster U.S. economic data and amid ongoing trade discussions between the Trump administration and its Chinese counterparts.

The Dow Jones Industrials dropped 103.81 points to 25,850.63, as Walgreens Boots Alliance lagged.

The S&P 500 wilted 9.82 points to 2,774.88, led lower by the energy and health-care sectors

The NASDAQ Composite swooned 29.36 points to 7,459.71, breaking its win streak at eight consecutive sessions.

Nike shares fell 1% after star Duke University basketball player Zion Williamson broke his shoe at the start of a highly anticipated game. The break led to Williamson hurting his knee.

Durable goods orders for December, meanwhile, rose 1.2%, the Commerce Department said. The department also said core capital goods orders fell 0.7%, while economists expected a gain of 0.2%.

IHS Markit also said its U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 53.7 in February, a 17-month low, from 54.9 last month.

Meanwhile, the Conference Board's leading economic index fell for the second straight month in January, marking the index's first back-to-back pullback since early 2016.

The data releases come a day after the Federal Reserve released the minutes from its January meeting. The minutes highlighted downside risks to the U.S. economy, including "a rapid waning of fiscal policy stimulus, or a further tightening of financial market conditions."

However, the Fed also hinted it may end its balance-sheet normalization process faster than expected. This would be positive for equity investors, as many see the reduction of the balance sheet as a form of tighter monetary policy.

Prices for the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury slid, raising yields to 2.69% from Wednesday’s 2.65%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices doffed 31 cents to $56.85 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices fell $21.80 to $1,326.10 U.S. an ounce.