U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Wednesday as traders continued to worry about slowing growth in China and tensions in Ukraine. A dearth of major U.S. economic news helped dampen trading. Technology stocks, mining companies and oil refiners were among the gainers. The Standard & Poor's 500 index managed a small gain, narrowly avoiding its first three-day losing streak since January.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 11.17 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,340.08.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 0.57 points, or 0.03 percent, to 1,868.20.
The Nasdaq composite gained 16.14 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,323.33.
For the week:
The Dow is down 112.64 points, or 0.7 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 9.84 points, or 0.5 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 12.89 points, or 0.3 percent.
For the year so far:
The Dow is down 236.58 points, or 1.4 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 19.84 points, or 1.1 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 146.74 points, or 3.5 percent.