U.S. stocks ended little changed as traders waited for key economic and earnings reports later this week. A handful of mergers drove some trading in an otherwise quiet day. Family Dollar soared 25 percent after Dollar Tree announced plans to buy the rival discount store.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 22.02 points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 16,982.59.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.57 of a point, less than 0.1 percent, to 1,978.91.
The Nasdaq composite fell 4.65 points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,444.91.
For the year:
The Dow is up 405.93 points, or 2.5 percent.
The S&P 500 index is up 130.55 points, or 7.1 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 268.32 points, or 6.4 percent.