LITTLE CHANGED: Stocks closed mixed Wednesday after trading in a narrow range all day. Markets had muted reactions to headlines out of Europe as traders awaited bigger news expected later this week.
UP NEXT: The European Central Bank will make an announcement on interest rates Thursday. Traders hope the ECB will signal willingness to shore up Europe's weaker economies.
CAPPING THE WEEK: On Friday, European leaders will wrap up a two-day summit at which they will discuss coordinating their budgets more closely. Traders hope the meeting will produce a clearer plan for solving the two-year-old European debt crisis.