[FINANCIAL CRISES: From the Depression until today]
[SURVIVAL GUIDE: Weathering the financial crisis]
Buying came in spurts and then often quickly evaporated as investors fretted that the economy is either in a recession or headed for one. Investors were gravitating toward big-name stocks seen as safer bets -- tech and small-cap stocks ended the day with declines.
Wall Street is living up to predictions that trading will remain volatile as investors try to test whether the market has formed a bottom after this month's huge declines.
The Dow Jones industrials are up 172 at the 8,691 level while the Nasdaq composite index is down 0.73 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index has a gain of 1.3 percent.
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