A two-point gain was enough to push the S&P 500 index to its highest level since June 2008, three months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the darkest days of the financial crisis. For the second day this week, the Dow Jones industrial average nudged above 13,000 then pulled back. It rose 29 points in the morning but wavered in the afternoon.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 1.74 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 12,982.95.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.28 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,365.74.
The Nasdaq composite index rose 6.77 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,963.75.
For the week:
The Dow is up 33.08 points, or 0.3 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 4.51 points, or 0.3 percent.
The Nasdaq composite is up 11.97 points, or 0.4 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 765.39 points, or 6.3 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 108.14 points, or 8.6 percent.
The Nasdaq composite is up 358.60 points, or 13.8 percent.