Stocks scored minor gains in another day of slow trading Friday that left the two of the three major market indexes down for the fourth week in a row.
About the only stock Wall Street got excited about was Martha Steward Living Omnimedia, which scored its biggest gain since February after disclosure than a government witness in Stewart's trial had been indicted for perjury.
Although the legal implications for Stewart and the business implications for her company were still unclear, the stock jumped 75 cents to $9.30, in trading that was more than 25 times the volume of the previous day.
Among the day's other big movers were oil company stocks, which have weakened along with oil prices this week.
After hitting all-time record highs earlier in the week, crude oil prices fell back below $40 a barrel after Saudi Arabia said it will increase its crude production by 2 million barrels a day.
Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are meeting this weekend in Amsterdam, where the Saudis hope to persuade other producers to increase their output as well.
Friday's trading repeated the pattern of weakness that's dogged the market the past few days -- rising in early trading, but pulling back from their highs by the closing bell.
The Dow closed up 29 points at 9,966.74 and was off 45 points for the week. The Dow has lost more than 500 points since its losing streak began in late April.
The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index rose 4 points to 1,093.59, which left it down two points for the week and off a little less than 50 points in the past month
The Nasdaq Stock Market composite index climbed 15 points to 1,912.09, which left it up nearly 8 points for the week and down 138 points for the past four weeks.