The Associated Press
The U.S. stock market is fluctuating between small gains and losses as investors keep a close eye on tensions in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian region of Crimea is holding a vote over the weekend over whether to secede. The U.S. and Europe have warned Russia of consequences if it moves to seize the region.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose four points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,850 as of noon. Utilities rose the most as investors sought out low-risk stocks.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 36 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,145. The Nasdaq composite rose eight points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,269.
Liberty Media rose 8 percent after saying it would drop its bid to buy the rest of the satellite radio provider Sirius XM.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.