• Stocks start higher as big dividend payers jump

    Specialists Frank Masiello, left, and Dilip Patel work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. U.S. stocks are mixed as a rally in oil prices and bank stocks fades. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slightly higher Friday thanks to gains for companies that pay large dividends. Investors who want income are buying shares of real estate and phone companies and household goods retailers as bond yields fall. The drop in bond yields is also affecting banks, which are slipping after a huge rally over the last few weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average, which closed at a record high a day ago, is down slightly.

  • Dow reaches record as rising oil pulls stocks mostly higher

    In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, the American flag flies above the Wall Street entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. More gains in Goldman Sachs and Chevron helped pull the Dow Jones industrial average to another record high even as other indexes were flat to lower in early trading Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies plunged Thursday, and high-dividend stocks also took hefty losses as bond yields rose to their highest level in more than a year. But more big gains for blue-chip banking and oil stocks pulled the Dow Jones industrial average to a record high.

  • Major indexes set records as energy companies surge

    This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows the New York Stock Exchange. Oil prices surged Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, on expectations of a production cut from the OPEC cartel of producers. Shares in oil companies rose in the slipstream of higher oil prices, helping indexes around the world to post solid gains. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks moved mostly lower Wednesday as gains in blue-chip energy companies and banks were not enough to make up for losses in the broader market.

  • Energy companies drag US stocks lower as oil prices plunge

    In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, an American flag flies in front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks started slightly lower early Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, as the price of oil tumbled almost 4 percent. That took energy companies sharply lower. Health care companies climbed after a strong outlook from UnitedHealth Group. Tiffany jumped after it reported better quarterly results than analysts expected. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday, as investors awaited the results of a key meeting of oil producing nations.

  • Stocks fall after record run as consumer companies slip

    In this Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, photo, a pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange, in lower Manhattan. Uncertainty over whether OPEC countries will back an oil production cut at their upcoming meeting, as intended, weighed on global stock markets on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Worries over an upcoming constitutional referendum in Italy also kept investors at bay. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday as concerns over an OPEC oil production cut and Italy’s constitutional referendum cast a pall on the markets.