LIBYA: Clashes in Libya continued, leaving traders concerned about the impact on the global oil market. Oil fell for the first time in nine days after a rally that has sent it 18 percent higher since February 15th.
UNEMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS FALL: Applications for unemployment benefits fell, pushing the four week average of new claims down to its lowest level in two and a half years.
THE INDEXES: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 37.28 points to 12,068.50. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 1.30 to 1,306.10. The Nasdaq composite gained 14.91 points to 2,737.90.