NEW YORK (AP) - After trading in negative territory through most of the session, the stock market closed little changed yesterday.

The Dow Jones industrial average added 4 points to 12,878, just shy of its best close this year. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost more than a point to nearly 1,351, while the Nasdaq was up just a fraction to 2,932.

Volume was light at about 3.8 billion shares on the New York Stock Exchange. Declining stocks outnumbered advancing stocks by about 2-to-1.