By Caroline Valetkevitch
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, with the Dow breaking a four-day string of record closing highs, following the World Bank's reduction of its global growth forecast.
The S&P 500's drop of 0.4 percent was its biggest daily percentage loss since May 20. The benchmark index fell for the second day in a row, after four straight record closing highs.
The selloff was broad. Every S&P 500 sector index except energy <.SPNY> declined for the day.
Low volume and low volatility have marked recent sessions, leaving indexes to trade in a narrow range.
The World Bank's lower growth forecast provided investors with a reason to unload some stocks. Late Tuesday, the World Bank cut its global economic growth forecast for 2014 to 2.8 percent from 3.2 percent because of a harsh U.S. winter and the impact of the Ukraine crisis.
"It's pretty quiet. The only news investors are keying in on is the forecast of slightly lower global growth," said Dan Veru, chief investment officer of Palisade Capital Management LLC in Fort Lee, New Jersey, which oversees $4 billion.
"I think it's an excuse for some investors to take some money off the table."
The biggest drag on the S&P 500 was Bank of America Corp
Investors turned cautious after the surprising primary election defeat of Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, by an upstart candidate from the Tea Party movement.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> fell 102.04 points or 0.60 percent, to 16,843.88. The S&P 500 <.SPX> slid 6.90 points or 0.35 percent, to 1,943.89. The Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> dropped 6.07 points or 0.14 percent, to 4,331.93.
Even as the Dow and the S&P 500 retreated from recent gains, the PHLX semiconductor index <.SOX> kept up its rally. The SOX rose 0.5 percent, extending its winning streak to 15 days, its longest stretch of gains since the index was created about 20 years ago.
Leading the SOX higher, Micron Technology Inc
The CBOE Volatility Index <.VIX> rose 5.6 percent to 11.60 but remained well below its historical average of 20. In a sign of the market's low volatility, the 14-day Average True Range on the S&P 500 fell to 9.71, the lowest since February 2013.
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(Editing by Bernadette Baum, Nick Zieminski and Jan Paschal)