U.S. stock market struggles to a mixed finish


Specialist Frank Babino, left, works with traders Fred DeMarco, center, and John Liotti on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, March 12, 2014. U.S. stocks are heading lower for the third day in a row as investors continue to worry about slower growth in China and the lingering tensions in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


NEW YORK -- U.S. stocks are finishing mixed after a listless day as traders continue to worry about slowing growth in China and tensions in Ukraine.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index managed a small gain today, narrowly avoiding its first three-day losing streak since January.

The S&P 500 increased half a point to 1,868 points.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 11 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,340.

Technology stocks were mostly higher. The Nasdaq composite rose 16 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,323. Facebook and Microsoft both rose.

Mining companies rose as metals prices increased. Newmont Mining rose 3 percent and Cliffs Natural Resources rose 2 percent.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.72 percent from 2.77 percent.