Wall Street capped a week of listless trading Friday with an uneven finish for the major stock indexes. Even so, the S&P 500 closed out the week with its fifth straight weekly gain.
Investors drove up shares of stocks in defensive sectors, including household goods makers, real estate companies and utilities. Those gains were checked by losses in energy, financial and communication services stocks. Bond yields fell.
With two days of trading left in 2019, the market is on track for its best year since 2013.
The S&P 500 rose 0.11 points, or less than 0.1%, to 3,240.02.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 23.87 points, or 0.1%, to 28,645.26.
The Nasdaq composite slipped 15.77 points, or 0.2%, to 9,006.62.
The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks fell 8.64 points, or 0.5%, to 1,669.03.
For the week:
The S&P 500 rose 18.80 points, or 0.6%.
The Dow gained 190.17 points, or 0.7%.
The Nasdaq added 81.66 points, or 0.9%.
The Russell 2000 lost 2.87 points, or 0.2%.
For the year:
The S&P 500 is up 733.17 points, or 29.3%.
The Dow is up 5,317.80 points, or 22.8%.
The Nasdaq is up 2,371.34 points, or 35.7%.
The Russell 2000 is up 320.47 points, or 23.8%.