U.S. stock indexes closed nearly flat on Wednesday after drifting between small gains and losses most of the day.

Supermarket chains and other consumer-focused companies were among the biggest decliners, while energy stocks led gainers. The Nasdaq composite eked out a gain, giving the index its second record-high close in two days.

Investors weighed a mix of new economic data and their implications for a potential Federal Reserve rate hike.

On Wednesday:

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 11.98 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,526.14.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dipped 0.32 points, or 0.01 percent, to 2,186.16.

The Nasdaq composite rose 8.02 points, or 0.2 percent, to close at a record 5,283.93.

For the week:

The Dow is up 34.18 points, or 0.2 percent.

The S&P 500 is up 6.18 points, or 0.3 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 34.03 points, or 0.7 percent.

For the year:

The Dow is up 1,101.11 points, or 6.3 percent.

The S&P 500 is up 142.22 points, or 7 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 276.52 points, or 5.5 percent.

VIAThe Associated Press
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