US stocks were little changed as investors weighed reports on home prices and consumer confidence.
Data showed home prices in 20 US cities increased at a slower pace than estimated by analysts in the year ended April. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values climbed 10.8% from April 2013, the smallest 12-month gain in more than a year, after rising 12.4% in March.
It follows a report yesterday that revealed sales of previously owned homes gained last month, the most since October.
Separate figures from the Conference Board showed the US consumer confidence index increased to 85.2 this month from a downwardly revised 82.2 last month, surpassing the 83.5 consensus estimate.
In Iraq, United Nations (UN) monitors said at least 1,075 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in June.
The UN human rights team in Iraq reported that at least 757 civilians died in Nineveh, Diyala and Salahuddin provinces between June 5th and 22nd.
US Secretary of State John Kerry today urged Iraq's Kurdish region to stand with Baghdad in the battle against Sunni militants which have overtaken cities across Iraq.
He arrived in Kurdistan today to talk to leaders as Iraqi security forces fought Sunni armed factions for control of the country's biggest oil refinery 200km north of Baghdad.
Meanwhile, Russian President Valdimir Putin has signalled his willingness to resolve the unrest in neighbouring Ukraine by withdrawing a previous threat of military force.
Putin called on Russia's parliament to revoke the right of military intervention in Ukraine, which it had granted him in March to defend the predominantly Russian-speaking eastern regions of its neighbour.
US economic growth
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser said he's "fairly optimistic" economic growth will exceed 2.4% for the remainder of this year and next due to improvement in the labour market. In excerpts of a speech to the Economic Club of New York, he said consumption will probably rise as household balance sheets improve and unemployment declines to 5.8%.
"The rebound after the bad winter seems to be progressing, the outlook for unemployment is a bit better, and the inflation rate appears to be firming," Plosser said. "Current data suggest economic strength is fairly broad-based."
Walgreen, Elizabeth Arden
Walgreen declined after reporting third quarter profit that fell short of analysts' forecasts.
Elizabeth Arden dropped after announcing a restructuring plan.
Micron Technology advanced after reporting third quarter profit and sales that beat analysts' estimates.
The US 10-year yield fell three basis points to 2.60%.