A QUIET DAY: Stocks were nearly flat. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 21 points to 12,418. The Standard & Poor's 500 inched up a fraction of a point; the Nasdaq fell a fraction of a point.
BEST SINCE JULY: Investors got to keep their 180-point gain posted by the Dow on Tuesday. The index is at its highest point since July.
WHAT WENT WHERE: Yahoo Inc. got a new CEO from the ranks of eBay Inc. Both company's stocks fell. Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. rose on strong year-end revenue.