Almost 2,000 stocks on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq hit 52-week lows, the most in almost three years.
Energy stocks weighed on the US market as oil price declines deepened.
COMMODITIES: The price of oil tumbled on worries about oversupply and softening growth in China, which could hit demand.
Benchmark U.S. crude fell 2.6 percent to $49.88 a barrel in NY.
US stock-index futures rose as signs of progress keep emerging in the U.S.
Privately-owned housing starts in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,256,000, a decline of 3.6 percent year on year, according to the Commerce Department on Tuesday.
Less than 40 stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500 finished Monday higher, resulting in its lowest level since October 9, 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The S&P 500 edged up less than a point to 2,546. The S&P 500 is now in the red for 2018 by 4%.
The S&P 500 index inched up 0.22 points to 2,546.16.
"It's a slowdown from extremely high levels to healthy levels", he said.
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The Turks have targeted USA -backed Kurdish troops along the Syria-Turkey border, which Turkey considers an insurgent threat. Rob Manning said in a statement: "At this time, we continue to work by, with and through our partners in the region".
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Both captains played down the on-field banter during the match, saying it never crossed the line of what was acceptable. Australia's previous Test win was against South Africa at Kingsmead in Durban in March.
Investors said market skittishness was likely to persist heading into the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. While a rate hike is widely expected, historically the central bank has rarely raised borrowing costs during such market turmoil.
US stocks eked out modest gains amid volatile trading as investors weighed strong tech earnings against concerns about global growth.
U.S. stock markets are set for their worst December since 1931, when the country was in the throes of the Great Depression. The Dow Jones Small-Cap Growth TSM Index closed at 8,565.68 for a gain of 1.45 points or 0.02%.
The S&P 500 rose 18 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,563. Facebook added 3 percent. Japan's Nikkei lost 1.8 percent.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in N.Y. on December 18, 2018.
Declining issues outnumbered advancers on the NYSE by a 5.55-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 4.31-to-1 ratio favoured decliners. "We are at a regime shift moment, and the debate is how big that regime shift will be". Copper dipped 0.3 percent to $2.75 a pound. After several weeks of declines the benchmark index is trading near its lowest level of the year.
Benchmark U.S. crude gained 12 cents to $46.72 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.87 percent.
US crude futures settled down 7.3 percent while Brent settled down 5.6 percent, weakening for a third consecutive session on reports of swelling inventories and forecasts of record USA and Russian output.
The dollar extended its falls against major currencies ahead of the Fed meeting. The euro rose to $1.1373 from $1.1350, and the British pound rose to $1.2646 from $1.2629.