Major U.S. indexes closed little changed from the day before. The Dow Jones industrial average had been down 277 points earlier Wednesday.
The Dow closed down just a fraction of a point to 17,402.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose almost two points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,086.
The Nasdaq composite wound up with a gain of seven points, or 0.2 percent, at 5,044.