Stocks struggled during a quiet start to holiday-week trading following news that American manufacturing numbers seem to have slowed in June. The Dow average fell after the manufacturing report, finishing down 8 points at 12,871.
The second classified mission for the National Reconnaissance Office to launch in nine days blasted off with the most powerful liquid hydrogen rocket engines ever built. The spy agency plans a third launch in August.
An Atlas 5 rocket successfully launched a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite on Monday, just days after the Air Force's secret X-37B space plane returned from its secret 15-month mission in orbit.
John Bryson, US Secretary of Commerce, was involved in two auto accidents Saturday in Southern California, according to authorities. Bryson was taken to a local hospital for treatment and later released.