Stocks ended the next-to-last day of 2009 little changed as welcome news on manufacturing helped offset a drop in commodities prices.
Gold and other metals slid further Wednesday as the dollar rose for a second straight day.
Interest rates fell slightly Wednesday following an auction of $32 billion of seven-year notes.
Interest rates dipped in the market for previously issued Treasurys Tuesday after a successful auction of $42 billion of five-year notes.
The stock market edged lower Tuesday, breaking a six-day advance as reports on home prices and consumer confidence did little to excite buyers.
Better holiday sales and rising commodities prices pushed stocks to their sixth straight gain and new highs for 2009.
Stocks ended a holiday-shortened session Thursday at new highs for the year following upbeat reports on unemployment and durable goods orders.
Stocks ended an erratic session with a slender gain Wednesday as rising commodities prices offset disappointment over an unexpected drop in home sales.
Stocks pushed higher for a third straight day after a surprisingly strong report on housing provided the latest evidence that the economy is picking up...
Another wave of corporate dealmaking stoked investors' confidence in the economy and carried stocks sharply higher Monday.