Calm returned to the stock market Wednesday after two days of volatile trading.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index traded within a range of about five points, or a quarter of a percentage point, then ended a fraction lower. Investors weighed a tepid hiring survey, some strong company earnings and falling oil prices
Losses for energy giant Exxon Mobil helped push the Dow Jones industrial average lower.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 35.70 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,360.18.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped 0.1 points, or 0.01 percent, to 1,873.81.
The Nasdaq composite rose six points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,357.97.
For the week:
The Dow is up 38.47 points, or 0.2 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 14.36 points, or 0.8 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 49.86 points, or 1.2 percent.
For the year so far:
The Dow is down 216.48 points, or 1.3 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 25.45 points, or 1.4 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 181.38 points, or 4.3 percent.