Hopes for a key European summit this week rose and fell on Wednesday, but U.S. stock indexes barely moved. Traders hope the meeting will produce a clearer plan for solving the two-year-old European debt crisis.
The Dow rose 46.24 points, or 0.4 percent, to 12,196.37.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.54 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,261.01.
The Nasdaq composite index lost 0.35, or 0.01 percent, to 2,649.21.
For the week to date:
The Dow is up 176.95 points, or 1.5 percent.
The S&P is up 16.73 points, or 1.5 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 22.28 points, or 0.9 percent.
For the year to date:
The Dow is up 618.86 points, or 5.4 percent.
The S&P is up 3.37 points, or 0.3 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 3.66 points, or 0.1 percent.