The Dow shed 32.43 points or 0.21 percent to 15,750.67
The Standard & Poor's 500 index also dropped, giving up 4.20 points, or 0.24 percent, to 1,767.69. The Nasdaq closed at 3,919.92, gaining 0.13 points, or less than 0.01 percent.
It was the second straight day without a major economic report to influence stocks and the second straight day the Nasdaq index moved less than 0.02 percent.
On the New York Stock Exchange, 1.130 stocks advanced and 1,945 declined on volume of 3.1 billion shares traded.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index added 318.84 points, or 2.23 percent, to 14,588.68. The Shanghai composite index in China added 17.30 points, 0.82 percent, to 2,126.77.
In London, the FTSE 100 gave up 1.58 points, or 0.02 percent, to close at 6,726.79. The DAX 30 in Germany dropped 31.38 points, 0.34 percent, to 9,076.48.
On currency markets, the euro traded lower at $1.3437 and the dollar climbed to 99.66 yen.
The price for a barrel of crude oil dropped $2.06 to settle at $93.07 Monday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, the price of gold dropped $13.3 to settle at $1,267.80 an ounce. Silver gave up 56.2 cents to hit $20.72.
Ten-year benchmark treasuries yielded 2.778 percent at the close of trading.