Stocks move sideways in an uncertain session

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The three major U.S. stock averages search for direction as they fluctuate between positive from negative.

The Dow is  barely in the green, while the S&P slips 0.2% and the Nasdaq falls less than 0.1%.

By industry segment, information technology (+0.6%) and consumer staples (+0.4%) lead the gainers, while health care (-2.6%) and real estate (-1.1%) are the biggest decliners.

Fears over Medicare-for-all batter insurers and drugmakers, with Merck falling 3.4%, Anthem down 6.2%, Becton Dickinson down 5.5%.

Notable movers on the upside include Pepsico (+3.4%), Intel (+3.5%), and Qualcomm (+11%).

Crude oil -0.1% to $63.99 per barrel.

10-year Treasury price creeps up, pushing yield down less than a basis point to 2.586%.

Dollar Index relatively flat at 97.01.