U.S. stocks took a breather on Tuesday after the best five days for the S&P 500 in more than two years, as investors look to earnings for a reason to extend the market's rebound.

At the close, the Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 16.88 points, or 0.15 percent, at 11,416.30. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was up 0.65 point, or 0.05 percent, at 1,195.54. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 16.98 points, or 0.66 percent, at 2,583.03.

(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Kenneth Barry)