A leg down, then another leg up: Stocks (currently down about 0.5%) are in for choppy trading...

|By:, SA News Editor

A leg down, then another leg up: Stocks (currently down about 0.5%) are in for choppy trading the rest of the day with little corporate news, traders clearing positions before the holiday, and rattling tensions on the Korean peninsula. As investors get out of financials, some defensive utilities are performing relatively well: DUK +0.4%; EP +0.8%; UIL +2.5%; XTEX +5.2%.