NEW YORK -- Stocks seesawed yesterday, ending in a small decline, as many traders took the day off in advance of Good Friday and activity dropped to its lowest level since late January.
The Dow Jones industrial average, which twice during the day eked out a 10-point gain, ended at 2,913.86, down 3.71 points. But for the holiday-shortened week it rose 54.95.
The market is closed today in observance of Good Friday.
The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index and the Nasdaq composite index also posted tiny losses on the day, showing the decline, however small, was widespread. The American Stock Exchange's market-value index, though, rose the equivalent of 12 points on the Dow, showing that investors were continuing to pump money into the smaller stocks.