Stocks fell for the third straight day as concerns about Europe's debt problems continue to unnerve investors. The Dow Jones industrial average fell sharply in morning trading, but later made up more than two-thirds of its loss. A report showing growth in the U.S. service sector helped tame some concerns about another U.S. recession.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 100.96 points, or 0.9 percent, to close at 11,139.30.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 8.73, or 0.7 percent, to 1,165.24.
The Nasdaq composite fell 6.50, or 0.3 percent, to 2,473.83.
For the year to date:
The Dow is down 438.21, or 3.8 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 92.40, or 7.3 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 179.04, or 6.7 percent.