NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks have ended a rocky 2010 quietly. The major indexes are little changed and trading volume was at one of its lowest levels of the year as many traders took the day off.
2010 shaped up to be a good year for most investors despite ongoing concerns about the economy that sent stocks skidding at times. According to preliminary estimates, the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 will finish the year up 14 percent, including dividends. The Nasdaq composite index will finish up 18 percent including dividends.
At Friday's close, the Dow rose 8 points, or 0.1 percent, to 11,578. The S&P 500 fell less than a point to 1,258. The Nasdaq composite fell 10, or 0.4 percent, to 2,653.
Rising and falling shares were even on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume on the NYSE floor came to 560 million shares.