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People walk past an Apple store in Beijing. Image Credit: AP

Wall Street stocks closed lower on Monday after bank stocks erased earlier gains and Apple shares fell on a report saying the company plans to slow hiring and spending growth next year.

After posting solid gains to start the session following earnings from Bank of America Corp and Goldman Sachs Group Inc, the S&P financial sector weakened into the close.

Apple shares reversed course to trade down on a Bloomberg report that said the company plans to slow hiring and spending growth next year in some units to cope with a potential economic downturn.

Goldman Sachs advanced as it reported a smaller-than-expected 48 per cent slump in second-quarter profit, helped by strength in its fixed-income trading.

Worries about a larger one percentage point rate hike at the end of July eased following remarks from Fed officials last week that the policymakers could stick to a 75 basis point hike.

“It’s really hard to sustain upward momentum,” said Ross Mayfield, investment strategy analyst at Baird in Louisville, Kentucky. “And that’s kind of the story of bear markets.” According to preliminary data, the S&P 500 lost 32.43 points, or 0.84 per cent, to end at 3,830.73 points, while the Nasdaq Composite lost 95.54 points, or 0.83 per cent, to 11,356.88. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 215.12 points, or 0.69 per cent, to 31,073.14.

Earnings from big technology companies next week will be closely watched, after their shares came under immense selling pressure through much of this year.

Among other shares, Boeing Co jumped after Delta Air Lines Inc said it would buy 100 MAX 10 jets worth about $13.5 billion at list prices and had options to buy another 30.

Shares of Delta also jumped.