Investors found little reason to buy stocks on Monday, as indices finished barely changed, suggesting several days of losses have not convinced institutions the market has become attractive.

Composite volume was 5.69 billion shares, the lowest so far this year.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> dropped 1.14 points, or 0.01 percent, to 10,302.01. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> gained 0.12 points, or 0.01 percent, to 1,079.37. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 8.39 points, or 0.39 percent, to 2,181.87.

(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Kenneth Barry)