A sign for Wall Street is seen just outside the New York Stock Exchange.(Photo: Timothy A. Clary, AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK (AP) - Investors are watching warily to see how well stocks do today after yesterday's off-and-on day that saw the Dow Jones industrial average finish marginally lower.
The day started well yesterday, just after the Standard & Poor's ratings agency said it was feeling better about economic prospects. But whatever optimism resulted from that was short-lived. The stock gained ground initially, but then slipped and the market spent most of the day flitting between small gains and losses.
At day's end, the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 were lower, but just barely. The Nasdaq composite was slightly higher. It was a marked change from Friday, when the Dow jumped 207 points after a jobs report that investors viewed as positive.