"fiscal cliff" and Greece tipped major indexes between gains and losses. A surge in Home Depot's stock prevented a steeper drop for the Dow Jones industrial average.
The Dow closed down closed down 58.90 points, or 0.5 percent, at 12,756.18.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 5.50 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,374.53.
The Nasdaq composite index lost 20.37 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,883.89.
For the week:
The Dow is down 59.21 points, or 0.5 percent.
The S&P 500 index is down 5.32 points, or 0.4 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 20.98 points, or 0.7 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 538.62 points, or 4.4 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 116.93 points, or 9.3 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 278.74 points, or 10.7 percent.