The U.S. stock market spent most of the session meandering around in a choppy fashion. The averages drifted in and out of positive territory throughout the day, but ultimately closed slightly lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down four points; the broader S&P 500 Index was off two points; and the NASDAQ was also lower by two points. Market breadth also displayed little clear direction, as advancers were about even with decliners on the NYSE. A number of equity sectors made progress, helped by strength in the technology and utility issues. However, there was considerable weakness in the energy and healthcare groups.