Following a dismal performance Wednesday, the Dow fell about 41 points, the S&P 500 dropped about one point, and the Nasdaq gained about four points
Seth Wenig / AP
Stocks lost steam in the last few minutes of trading to close mixed Thursday ahead of the government's monthly jobs figure and after EU officials said no agreement has been reached on additional funding for Greece.
The CBOE Volatility Index, widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, slipped 1.15 percent to end at 18.09.
Among key S&P sectors, industrials and financials gained, while consumer staples and telecoms slipped.
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