US stocks slide as traders await vote on debt limit deal


Wall Street stocks fell early Wednesday as markets watched for progress on a deal to lift the U.S. debt limit and avoid a first-ever default -- with a vote in Congress expected later in the day.

Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.3 percent to 32,930.42 and the broad-based S&P 500 Index fell 0.4 percent to 4,190.93.

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index edged down 0.2 percent to 12,987.58.

Congress has just days left to green-light an agreement between Republicans and Democrats that would allow more borrowing and ensure the world's biggest economy does not miss repayments -- a situation fueling uncertainty in markets.

The "Fiscal Responsibility Act" -- hammered out between Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Democratic President Joe Biden over the weekend -- needs a simple majority to clear the 435-member House and head to the Senate.

And the floor vote is planned for Wednesday night, according to a provisional House schedule.

Adding to market worries are "growth concerns" sparked by China's recent weaker-than-expected economic data, along with concerns that the US central bank could raise interest rates further, said Patrick O'Hare of in a note.

There could also be fears that "mega-cap stocks are overbought and due for a pullback that is expected to pressure the broader market," he said.

Among individual companies, chip company Nvidia, which exceeded $1 trillion in market value on Tuesday, saw its shares trade 0.7 percent lower on Wednesday.

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