U.S. stocks fluctuated with global equities, after China’s move to stabilize its financial markets left investors to focus on the prospects for global growth amid renewed selling in crude and weaker-than-expected auto sales.

An early advance Tuesday withered as declines in General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. weighed after their December sales disappointed. Commodity shares slipped with oil. Netflix Inc. fell for a fourth day, down 2.8 percent after finishing 2015 with a 134 percent gain, and Walt Disney Co. declined 2.9 percent. Gunmakers Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. and Sturm Ruger Co. surged more than 6 percent as President Barack Obama unveiled tougher restrictions on arms sales.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 0.3 percent to 2,006.70 at 12:09 a.m. in New York, after earlier rising as much as 0.4 percent. The gauge fell 1.5 percent Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 86.08 points, or 0.5 percent, to 17,062.86. The Nasdaq Composite Index declined 0.5 percent. Trading in S&P 500 shares was 8 percent above the 30-day average for this time of day.

Stocks in China rose Tuesday in volatile trading, stabilizing after weaker factory data from the world’s second-largest economy sparked a worldwide selloff on Monday. State-backed funds were said to intervene after yesterday’s 7 percent plunge in the CSI 300 Index of large-capitalization companies listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen wiped out $590 billion of market value. European equities also climbed after a 2.5 percent rout on Monday.

Source : Bloomberg