The stock market ended mixed Friday after a day of muddled trading. Among the three main U.S. stock indexes, one edged higher, one closed little changed and the other closed lower.
Investors focused on the tensions in Ukraine, where the region of Crimea was preparing for a referendum on whether to split away and become part of Russia. It was enough of a reason to sell into the weekend and to offset optimism over a pickup in hiring by U.S. employers last month.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 30.83 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,452.72.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 1.01 points, or 0.05 percent, to 1,878.04.
The Nasdaq composite lost 15.90 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,336.22.
For the week:
The Dow is up 131.01 points, or 0.8 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 18.59 points, or 1 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 28.11 points, or 0.7 percent.
For the year so far:
The Dow is down 123.94 points, or 0.8 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 29.68 points, or 1.6 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 159.63 points, or 3.8 percent.