The Dow Jones industrial average ended with a gain of seven points Wednesday at 13,986. It was down as much as 66 points in the early going.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index eked out a gain of just under a point to end at 1,512. The Nasdaq composite edged down three points to 3,168.
Three stocks rose for every two that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was about average at 3.5 billion shares.