(CNBC) U.S. stocks ended the week mixed in below-average trade volume after news of fresh conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Earlier, the major indices plunged, losing morning gains with only the Nasdaq climbing back into positive territory in the close for its best week since May. The Dow also recorded its best weekly gain in five weeks, despite closing lower for the day. With a flat close, the S&P 500 had its best weekly gain since July 3.
"The swings of the market on both side are over-exaggerated due to low volume," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital. "We're just seeing a market that's worried about it but yet not falling apart at the same time."
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