Wall Street started today's session in negative territory, ahead of this evenings budget statement and despite a spike in oil prices after the International Energy Agency upwardly revised its demand forecasts for 2017.
Shortly after the open, the Dow was down 0.02% at 22,113.44, the S&P 500 by 0.1% at 2,494.08 and the Nasdaq by 0.22% at 6,440.2.
Meanwhile, European markets were mixed, with the FTSE 100 down by 0.28% and the DAX and CAC 40 remaining largely unchanged.
At around 2:40pm (GMT) WTI was 0.89% higher at $48.66 per barrel and Brent was up by 0.63% at $54.61 per barrel.
Gold was 0.1% firmer at $1,334 an ounce, while silver was down by 0.31% and copper by 1.68%.
The US Producer Price Index rose by 0.2% in August, seasonally adjusted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said today. Core CPI also rose by 0.2%.
In addition, the monthly federal budget statement is due this evening.