Stock market ends flat as traders weigh weak jobs report, Syria risks


In this Sept. 3, 2013, photo, traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stock markets were tentative Friday, Sept. 6, 2012, ahead of the latest U.S. jobs report, the most important monthly indicator for the world's largest economy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


NEW YORK — The stock market ended flat today after a morning of wild swings.

Traders weighed a weak jobs report for August and tensions between the United States and Syria today.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose less than a point, or 0.01 percent, to close at 1,655.17. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 14 points, or 0.1 percent, at 14,922.50. It was down as much as 148 points shortly after trading began. The Nasdaq composite rose one point, or 0.03 percent, to 3,660.01.

The yield on 10-year Treasury notes fell as investors anticipated that the Federal Reserve would keep up its bond purchases to help the economy. The yield dropped to 2.93 percent from 3 percent late Thursday.

U.S. employers added 169,000 jobs last month, fewer than economists expected.