And finally, Sprint shareholders caught their collective breath.
Shares in the region’s largest publicly traded company closed unchanged Wednesday at $7.35.
However, there were plenty of casualties among the local companies. H Block fell nearly 2 percent despite a solid year-end earnings report that was released after the market closed.
Other regional losers included Cerner, Kansas City Southern, Great Plains Energy and Garmin.
Among the winners, YRC had another strong day, ending with gain of nearly 5 percent.
Overall, the stock market ended lower for the third day in a row after an early morning rally faded away.
The Dow Jones industrial average ended with a loss of 126 points, or 0.8 percent, at 14,995 Wednesday. The Dow had its first three-day loss of the year and its second close below 15,000 in the past month.
The Dow was up as much as 119 points in the first few minutes of trading, then drifted lower throughout the day.
The Standard Poor's 500 index fell 13 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,612.
The Nasdaq composite fell 36 points, or 1.1 percent, to 3,400.
The BATS 1000 fell 150.42 points, or 0.83 percent, to close at 18,075.50.
Four stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was lighter than average at 3.2 billion shares.
Capitol Federal Financial rose 3 cents, or 0.25%, to close at $11.87.
Cerner Corp. fell $1.04, or 1.06%, to close at $97.10.
Commerce Bancshares Inc. fell 78 cents, or 1.76%, to close at $43.42.
Compass Minerals fell 57 cents, or 0.67%, to close at $85.02.
DST Systems Inc. fell 38 cents, or 0.57%, to close at $66.18.
Ferrellgas Partners L.P. rose 18 cents, or 0.82%, to close at $22.18.
Garmin Ltd. fell 26 cents, or 0.76%, to close at $34.09.
Great Plains Energy fell 26 cents, or 1.15%, to close at $22.32.
H Block Inc. fell 57 cents, or 1.94%, to close at $28.83.
Inergy L.P. fell 4 cents, or 0.17%, to close at $23.18.
Kansas City Life Insurance Co. fell 48 cents, or 1.25%, to close at $38.01.
Kansas City Southern fell $1.81, or 1.66%, to close at $107.53.
Layne Christensen Co. rose 14 cents, or 0.70%, to close at $20.14.
O'Reilly Automotive Inc. fell 51 cents, or 0.46%, to close at $110.03.
Sprint Nextel Corp. was unchanged at $7.35.
UMB Financial Corp. fell 48 cents, or 0.91%, to close at $52.19.
Waddell Reed Financial Corp. fell 38 cents, or 0.82%, to close at $46.00.
YRC Worldwide Inc. rose 96 cents, or 4.59%, to close at $21.89.