How the major stock indexes fared on Wednesday

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Posted: Mar 28, 2012 4:46 PM
How the major stock indexes fared on Wednesday

Falling commodity prices punished materials and energy companies Wednesday, pushing Wall Street's major stock indexes to a lower close. Crude oil lost nearly $2 to $105 a barrel, hurting energy stocks. Metals fell, hurting companies such as aluminum producer Alcoa.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 71.52 points, or 0.5 percent, at 13,126.21.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 6.98, or 0.5 percent, to 1,405.54.

The Nasdaq composite index fell 15.39, or 0.5 percent, to 3,104.96.

For the week so far:

The Dow is up 45.48 points, or 0.4 percent.

The S&P 500 is up 8.43 points, or 0.6 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 37.04 points, or 1.2 percent.

For the year so far:

The Dow is up 908.65 points, or 7.4 percent.

The S&P 500 is up 147.94, or 11.8 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 499.81 points, or 19.2 percent.