NEW YORK — Stocks recovered from a broad decline to end mixed on Thursday, a day ahead of a key jobs report. The market fell from the start, then drifted between gains and losses for much of the afternoon. Seven of the 11 sectors of the Standard and Poor’s 500 index rose, led by suppliers of basic materials. Health care companies and phone companies led the decliners.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 12.53 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 18,268.50.
The S&P 500 inched up 1.04 points, or 0.05 percent, to 2,160.77.
The Nasdaq composite slipped 9.17 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,306.85.
For the week:
The Dow is down 39.65 points, or 0.2 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 7.50 points, or 0.4 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 5.15 points, or 0.1 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 843.47 points, or 4.8 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 116.83 points, or 5.7 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 299.44 points, or 6 percent.