Investors were indecisive Wednesday and stock prices closed mixed, with technology stocks and small-cap shares rising while large-caps edged lower.
Terrorism fears were reawakened as the government warned of intelligence that al Qaeda is determined to attack the United States this summer. And Commerce Department reports of a decline in durable goods orders and a drop in new-home sales provided some evidence that the booming economy was cooling.
But stocks weren't overwhelmed by the uncertainty; they traded in a narrow range one day after the Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 160 points.
The Dow was down 7.73, or 0.1 percent, at 10,109.89.
Broader stock indicators were higher. The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index was up 1.89, or 0.2 percent, at 1114.94, and the Nasdaq composite index gained 11.50, or 0.6 percent, to 1976.15.
The S&P 500 marked its first five-day advance since Oct. 7.
Wells Fargo rose 37 cents, to $59.12, after announcing it has purchased $34 billion in mutual fund assets and institutional investment accounts from investment firm Strong Financial.
Guidant fell $6.78, to $53.71. Its 11 percent drop was the steepest since Oct. 2, 2002. The company said it found "issues" in its Champion drug-coated stent that might require design changes and delay its filing for Food and Drug Administration approval until December.
Boston Scientific climbed 11 percent, to $44.82, for the biggest gain in the S&P 500. Boston Scientific said Tuesday that its Taxus stent was effective in high-risk patients.
Verizon and SBC Communications had the two biggest drops in the Dow amid concerns they will face more competition. Verizon fell $1.05, to $34.40. SBC lost 55 cents, to $23.50.
Polo Ralph Lauren fell 60 cents, to $33.00, after beating Wall Street expectations of its first-quarter earnings by a penny per share. The apparel company reiterated its earnings outlook for the year.
Furniture maker La-Z-Boy dropped $1.00, to $18.19. It reported a loss in its first quarter after writing down impaired assets.
TiVo gained 43 cents, to $7.99. The company added 264,000 subscribers to its television playback services in the quarter, though its loss widened from the first quarter last year.
* The New York Stock Exchange composite index rose 5.82, to 6435.14; the American Stock Exchange index fell 2.55, to 1193.33; and the Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 2.38, to 567.77.
* Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones by 7 to 4 on the NYSE, where trading volume fell to 1.36 billion shares, from 1.54 billion on Tuesday. On the Nasdaq Stock Market, advancers outnumbered decliners by 3 to 2 and volume totaled 1.58 billion, down from 1.75 billion.
* The price of the Treasury's 10-year note rose $5.31 per $1,000 invested, and its yield fell to 4.66 percent, from 4.73 percent on Tuesday.
* The dollar fell against the Japanese yen and the euro. In late New York trading, a dollar bought 111.75 yen, down from 111.77 late Tuesday, and a euro bought $1.2117, up from $1.2115.
* Light, sweet crude oil for July delivery settled at $40.70, down 44 cents, on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
* Gold for current delivery remained at $388.30 a troy ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange's Commodity Exchange.
Bloomberg News contributed to this report.