THEM AGAIN: Renewed worries about the region's long-running debt crisis weighed on the Dow Jones industrial average Wednesday and held the Standard & Poor's 500 index back from reaching an all-time high.
PLAYING DEFENSE: Four of the 10 industry groups in the S&P 500 edged higher. Utilities and health care, which investors tend to buy when they want to play it safe, made the biggest gains.
FINAL SCORE: The Dow fell 33.49 points to close at 14,526.16, down 0.2 percent. The S&P 500 slipped 0.92 to 1,562.85, less than three points short of its all-time high set in October 2007.