A round of corporate deals helped the broad stock market eke out only its second day of gains this month. Energy companies in the S&P 500 index lost 1.4 percent, the biggest move among the 10 industry groups that make up the index, after crude oil dipped nearly $2 to $97.30 a barrel.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 1.06 points, less than 0.1 percent, to close at 11,952.97.
The Standard and Poor's 500 inched up 0.85 point, less than 0.1 percent, to 1,271.83.
The Nasdaq composite lost 4.04, or 0.2 percent, to 2,639.69.
For the year to date:
The Dow is up 375.46, or 3.2 percent.
The S&P is up 14.19, or 1.1 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 13.18, or 0.5 percent.