Stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, ends the year just as it started. But stock market in fourth quarter staged an impressive rally, which could set the tone for 2012.
Stocks rise modestly in the slowest trading day of the year. Stocks on the S&P 500 gain 11 points, pushing the index 8 points above its open at the beginning of the year.
Tech stocks fall after software giant Oracle says it's struggling to close deals. IBM and other tech stocks fall, too, while broader market is flat.
The Dow jumped 337 points to close at 12103 as good news from Europe combined with a surprisingly strong report on US housing sent stocks soaring through their best day of the month
The Dow lost 200 points to close at 11766. Bank of America plunged 4 percent; other big banks also faltered.
Stock market futures in US edge up as tensions ease over Kim Jong Il's passing. Asia markets close lower, but stock market in Germany, Britain, and France recover.
After an early rally, the Dow fell 2.42 points Friday to close at 11866 as worries resurfaced about a breakup of the Euro
Equity mutual funds lost a net $16.1 billion in November. Foreign equity mutual funds lost $2.6 billion.