Dow industrials finish higher; S&P 500, Nasdaq end slightly lower

Stocks ended little changed Monday, struggling for direction as investors await central bank policy decisions later this month and continue to keep an eye out for developments on the U.S.-China trade front. The S&P 500 ended fractionally lower, losing just shy of 0.3 point to close near 2,978, according to preliminary figures, and marking the end of a three-day winning streak. The Dow Jones Industrial Average , meanwhile, gained around 38 points, or 0.1%, to end near 26,836, marking its fourth straight rise. The Nasdaq Composite ended around 16 points lower, down 0.2%, near 8,087.

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