The Nasdaq composite index ticked higher to another record Tuesday, but a drop in energy stocks held other indexes back. It was the third straight day that the Nasdaq notched an all-time high, but each of those has been by only a marginal amount. Stocks have been stuck in a largely listless trading pattern in recent weeks, as investors see few reasons to make big moves.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped 2.46 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,396.92.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 36.50 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,975.78.
The Nasdaq composite rose 17.93 points, or 0.3 percent, to 6,120.59.
The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks rose 0.22 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 1,391.86.
For the week:
The S&P 500 is down 2.37 points, or 0.1 percent.
The Dow is down 31.16 points, or 0.1 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 19.83 points, or 0.3 percent.
The Russell 2000 is down 5.13 points, or 0.4 percent.
For the year:
The S&P 500 is up 158.09 points, or 7.1 percent.
The Dow is up 1,213.18 points, or 6.1 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 737.47 points, or 13.7 percent.
The Russell 2000 is up 34.73 points, or 2.6 percent.