Wall Street slipped for the first time in three days on Wednesday, pulling back the Dow Jones from the 20,000 Mark following broad declines across sectors.

U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday, on hopes that gains in technology and financial stocks would shake the Dow Jones Industrial Average beyond 20,000, a level it has never breached.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) was up 31.05 or 0.16 percent at 19,976.09, the S&P 500 (SPX) was up 2.23 points.

Things turned quickly and (DJI) was down at 19,929.51. (SPX) was down 6.86 points at 2,262.02 and the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) was down 18.64 points at 5,468.80.

All 11 major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with technology (SPLRCT) and consumer staples (SPLRCS) indexes being the biggest drags.

Microsoft (O:MSFT) and Facebook (O:FB) weighed the most on the Nasdaq.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,558 to 1,028. On the Nasdaq, 1,221 issues rose and 967 fell.

The S&P 500 index showed 10 new 52-week highs and no new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 48 new highs and six new lows.

The dollar index jumped 0.41 percent reaching for its best since December 15 after strong consumer confidence data on Tuesday.

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