U.S. stocks ticked lower to start Wednesday's session as investors fretted over the rise of COVID-19 cases across the world. The S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +1.52% fell 0.2% to 4,128. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +1.10% slid 0.1% to 33,794. The Nasdaq Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +2.30% shed 0.4% to 13,737. All three major indexes were on course for modest losses this week. India and Japan were seeing an intensification of the pandemic, with Japanese officials considering a state of emergency for major cities Osaka and Tokyo. Shares of Netflix /zigman2/quotes/202353025/composite NFLX +1.13% fell 8% after the streaming giant reported a sharp fall in new subscriber growth.