Market drifts in negative territory Each of the major equity indices remains in negative territory, but virtually unchanged from their midday levels. Investors continuing to wait for signs of a breakthrough in the fiscal cliff negotiations may be disappointed today and may need to carry their positions into the weekend with the issue still looming. The number of advancing and declining stocks are close to even, but up volume is a bit ahead of down volume. Crude oil prices are higher by about 1.0% and gold is up 0.8% in choppy trade. The Dow is down 15 points, the Nasdaq is down 18 points and the S&P is down 4 points.