Stocks turn mixed as investors focus on consumer companies

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mixed at midday as gains for consumer-focused companies offset a slide in energy companies.

Consumer stocks were led higher by Priceline after the online booking company reported better-than-forecast earnings. Oil and gas companies dropped as crude fell on reports of abundant supplies.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged up one point, or 0.1 percent, to 2,101 as of 12 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average eased 15 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,014. The Nasdaq rose 19 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,925.

The price of U.S. benchmark crude oil fell 87 cents a barrel to $51.95

Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was 2.08 percent.