Dow and S&P 500 Cap Blockbuster Year—and What Else Is Happening in the Stock Market on New Year’s Eve

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Stocks were flat in the last trading session of 2021, with major U.S. indexes remaining on track to close out one of their best years on record.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average indicated an open less than 30 points or 0.1% lower after slipping 90 points Thursday to close at 36,398—just shy of the all-time high of 36,488 reached at the close Wednesday. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq signaled a similar start near flat.

Overseas,…