Stocks fell for a straight third day Thursday as concerns continued over how violent clashes in Libya would affect the global oil market. Major indexes pared steeper losses in the afternoon after oil prices fell for the first time in nine days.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 37.28, or 0.3 percent, to 12,068.50.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 1.3, or 0.1 percent, to 1,306.10.
The Nasdaq composite rose 14.91, or 0.6 percent, to 2,737.90.
For the week:
The Dow Jones industrial average is down 322.75 points, or 2.6 percent.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index is down 36.91, or 2.7 percent.
The Nasdaq composite is down 96.05, or 3.4 percent.
For the year to date:
The Dow is up 490.99, or 4.2 percent.
The S&P is up 48.46, or 3.9 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 85.03, or 3.2 percent.