Shortly after the open, the Dow was down 50.34 points at 20,569.43, the S&P 500 fell 3.81 points to 2,343.41, while the Nasdaq dropped 2.58 points to 5,812.32.
UnitedHealth Group and Chevron were the early fallers on the Dow, while Nasdaq listed Kraft rose almost 8% on news of its attempted bid to takeover Unilever.
At 2:55pm (GMT), WTI crude was lower at $53.05/bbl as was Brent at $55.25/bbl. Gold was trading around $1,242/oz.
Story provided by StockMarketWire.com