The Dow Jones industrial average fell 85.34 points, or 0.47 percent, to 17,949.59. The Nasdaq composite gained 19.50 points, or 0.39 percent, to 5,014.10. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 3.11 points, or 0.15 percent, to close at 2,097.29.
Major indexes started the day slightly higher, turned lower around noon, then languished until the closing bell. A mixed batch of first-quarter earnings reports offered traders little direction.