Updated from 3:58 p.m. EDT

Couldn't Quite Make It

( At 5:45 p.m. EDT)

More chaos in the final hour. Down, up, down again. Wouldn't be Wall Street if it were easy. We know this is basically the way it is, but that doesn't necessarily make it any easier to deal with. Or to type about.

Just when it looked like the Dow Jones Industrial Average was going to come all the way back from a triple-digit loss in the morning and close in the green, selling in the final minutes left the index just below the flat line Monday. Ultimately, it slipped 25.57 points, or 0.3%, to 8057.81.

Not horrible, though it would have been nice to see a rare first session of the week win. As I noted earlier, the industrials have only had two of those this year.

Taking a look at the individual components, 13 rose, 16 fell, and one, Intel ( INTC), was unchanged. As a reminder, the chipmaker will post its quarterly numbers Tuesday after the close.

Citigroup ( C), up 25%, and Bank of America ( BAC), with a 15.4% increase, did what they could to lift the index, while American Express ( AXP) and GE ( GE) also contributed to the cause.

That wasn't quite enough to offset declines in the likes of Boeing ( BA), Exxon Mobil ( XOM) and IBM ( IBM), which together deducted around 44 points from the Dow's closing level.

General Motors ( GM) was the worst stock on a percentage basis, giving back 16.2% to $1.71, its lowest finish in more than a month, because of the most recent stories out there about a potential bankruptcy.

If this were Nasdaq Watch I would have had slightly better news. Maybe next time.

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