German translation: tightly maintained, almost unchanged, barely held its ground
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English term or phrase:
knapp behauptet (Börse)
tightly maintained, almost unchanged, barely held its ground
Explanation: The sentence you provided is somewhat ungrammatical, but I hope you can use my suggestion anyway.
Friday, the unemployment numbers were worse than expected but stocks took a stutter step and then headed higher. Today, the market held its ground as the strike against Afghanistan rang out. Reacting favorably to bad news is one more indication that we have reached a market bottom.