Markets Right Now: US stocks end mostly higher

NEW YORK (AP) " The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

4:00 p.m.

Stocks are closing mostly higher as investors work through an uneven batch of corporate earnings.

Facebook added 1 percent Thursday after the social media company reported earnings that easily surpassed analysts' estimates.

Ford sank 8 percent after reporting weak results and warning investors that things could get worse in the second half of the year.

Oil and gas companies were broadly lower as energy prices continued to fall.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 15 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,456.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged up 3 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,170. The Nasdaq composite gained 15 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,154.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.51 percent.

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12:00 p.m.

Stocks are trading lower as investors work through another batch of technology earnings, including results from Facebook.

Energy prices edged slightly lower and bond yields inched upwards.

The Labor Department said applications for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week. Oracle agreed to buy cloud computing business NetSuite for about $8.8 billion.

Facebook shares rose as its profit more than doubled.

Telecom shares fell the most. Verizon and AT&T each slipped about 1 percent. Oil continued its recent multi-day slide.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 72 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,400.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index slid 3 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,164. The Nasdaq composite was unchanged at 5,141.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.51 percent.

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9:45 a.m.

Stocks are opening down as energy prices edged slightly lower and bond yields inched upwards.

The Labor Department said applications for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week. Oracle agreed to buy cloud computing business NetSuite for about $8.8 billion.

Materials companies and banks fell the most. Oil continued its recent multi-day slide.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 65 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,407.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index slid 6 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,160. The Nasdaq composite dropped 9 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,131.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.53 percent.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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