U.S. stock markets mixed as Nasdaq edges up

|By:, SA News Editor

The tech-heavy Nasdaq creeps up to a gain in early afternoon trading as the Dow and S&P 500 pare earlier losses.

Nasdaq +0.2%, S&P -0.5%, Dow -0.7%.

By sector, technology rises 0.3%. Among individual stocks, Alphabet (GOOG +0.1%), Facebook (FB +2.1%), and Microsoft (MSFT +1.2%) advance.

Financials -1.4% and basic materials -1.4%, which includes oil & gas, experience the biggest sector declines. Individual laggards include Wells Fargo (WFC -3%), Bank of America (BAC -2.9%), Citi (C -2.4%), Occidental Petroleum (OXY -3.5%), Exxon Mobil (XOM -2.4%), and EOG Resources (EOG -2.7%).

Crude slides 1.5% to $51.81.

U.S. 10-year Treasury price slips, lifting yield by almost 1 basis point to 2.86%. Dollar index rises 0.5% to 97.14.

Previously: Stock losses mount amid growth concerns, trade uncertainty (Dec. 10)

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