Markets Right Now: U.S. stocks are off to a mixed start




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

9:35 a.m.

U.S. stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street. Retailers are mostly lower following weak retail sales figures while energy companies are getting a break from an upturn in oil prices.

Outdoor apparel maker V.C. Corp., which owns Timberland and North Face, dropped 3 percent Thursday, the biggest fall in the Standard & Poor's 500 index. Ulta Salon fell 2 percent.

Oil prices turned higher after declining three of the past four days. Anadarko Petroleum rose 1.6 percent.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 5 points at 18,031.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 1 point, or 0.1 percent, to 2,124. The Nasdaq composite climbed 8 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,182.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.72 percent.
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