Stocks got off to a weak start in the morning, and were unable to stage a meaningful recovery in the afternoon. At the end of trading, the major averages were stuck in negative territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 30 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was off six points; and the NASDAQ was lower by almost 20 points. Market breadth showed a negative bias to the session, with losers outpacing winners on the NYSE. Essentially, all of the major stock sectors lost ground. There was notable weakness in the energy and basic materials issues, accompanied by falling crude oil prices.