Stocks closed with slight losses Monday after falling in the last half-hour of trading. Major indexes had been up for most of the day after several economic reports suggested that the recovery is continuing.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 22.71 points, or 0.2 percent, to 12,197.88.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 3.61, or 0.3 percent, to 1,310.19.
The Nasdaq composite dipped 12.38, or 0.5 percent, to 2,730.68.
For the year to date:
The Dow is up 620.37, or 5.4 percent.
The S&P is up 52.55 or 4.2 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 77.81, or 2.9 percent.