How the major stock indexes fared on Wednesday

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Posted: Mar 14, 2012 4:55 PM
How the major stock indexes fared on Wednesday

Stocks ended pretty much where they started Wednesday on Wall Street, a day after the market had its biggest gain of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average eked out its sixth consecutive gain. It was the longest winning stretch for the Dow since February 2011, but that was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise glum day in the stock market.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 16.42 points, or 0.1 percent, to 13,194.10.

The Standard & Poor's 500 fell 1.67 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,394.28.

The Nasdaq composite index rose 0.85 points, or 0.03 percent, to 3,040.73.

For the week:

The Dow is up 272.08, or 2.1 percent.

The S&P 500 is up 23.41, or 1.7 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 52.39, or 1.8 percent.

For the year so far:

The Dow is up 976.54 points, or 8 percent.

The S&P 500 is up 136.68 points, or 10.9 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 435.58 points, or 16.7 percent.