The stock market stumbled Wednesday as investors waited for the government's jobs report later this week and the beginning of quarterly earnings releases from corporate America.
Traders put aside a positive report that showed private employers created more jobs in December than economists had expected. The market had a muted reaction to minutes from the Federal Reserve's mid-December policy meeting.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 68.20 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,462.74.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 0.39 points, or 0.02 percent, to 1,837.49.
The Nasdaq composite rose 12.43 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,165.61.
For the week:
The Dow is down 7.25 points, or 0.04 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 6.12 points, or 0.3 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 33.71 points, or 0.8 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is down 113.92 points, or 0.7 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 10.87 points, or 0.6 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 10.98 points, or 0.3 percent.