Stocks tottered between small gains and losses on Monday. There was little in the way of major economic or corporate news, and an improved outlook on the U.S. economy from the influential Standard & Poor's ratings agency failed to excite. The day ended with two major stock indexes down slightly and one up slightly.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 9.53 points, or 0.06 percent, to 15,238.59.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index dipped 0.57 point, or 0.03 percent, to 1,642.81.
The Nasdaq composite index rose 4.55 points, or 0.1 percent, to 3,473.77.
For the year:
The Dow is up 2,134.45 points, or 16.3 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 216.62 points, or 15.2 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 454.26 points, or 15 percent.