Updated from 1:51 p.m. EDT
Running in Place
( At 5:30 p.m. EDT)
Can't get much flatter than this. Through two trading sessions this week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down all of seven-hundredths of a point. It closed Friday at 8763.13, rose 1.36 points Monday and lost 1.43 points Tuesday.
Hundreds of millions of shares traded over 13 business hours, and that's it. Snooze. Plus, the index failed again to break into positive territory for the year, though it remains awfully close. Now it's at 8763.06, and it ended 2008 at 8776.39.Meanwhile, the other major averages, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite, managed to climb. Of course it could be a lot worse. We could be down 500 points for the week on the Dow. I don't even want to think about the kind of commentary that would be inspiring. We're moving in to summer, and there's just not a lot of news to drive the market. We have some Treasury auctions this week, word that the big TARP borrowers are getting to pay back the government, the beige book from the Fed, but it's been pretty quiet on the corporate front. All told, 14 stocks were up, 14 were down and two held their ground. American Express (AXP - Get Report) had the best day in terms of percentage changes, adding nearly 5% to $26.93. United Technologies (UTX) was the worst, down 1.7% at $55.52.