• This Monday, July 6, 2015, file photo shows a sign for Wall Street carved into the side of a building in New York. Stocks are opening slightly higher on Wall Street, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, as the market comes off its best week since early March. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    US stock indexes slip as consumer goods makers fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes struggled to a mixed close Tuesday as energy companies fell with the price of oil, overcoming gains in utilities and phone companies.

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  • FILE- In this Saturday, April 7, 2012 file photo, with the new high-rise buildings of downtown Doha, background, Qatari women and a man walk by the sea in Doha, Qatar. The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Persian Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks. For the millions of foreign workers drawn by brighter job prospects, it can have a far-darker side if they find themselves deep in debt.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Persian Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks. For the millions of foreign workers drawn by brighter job prospects, it can have a far-darker side if they find themselves deep in debt.

  • In this Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 file photo President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi as he addresses the committee on economic and monetary affairs at the European parliament in Brussels. Europe’s modest economic recovery is finally showing signs it might be the real deal, after years of sluggishness and false starts. And that has helped European Central Bank head Mario Draghi  hit the pause button on his 1.5 trillion euro stimulus machine. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

    Stronger economy lets ECB kick back, let stimulus work

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe’s economy is finally showing signs of increasing strength, after years of sluggishness and false starts.

  • This Jan. 16, 2015 file photo shows pumpjacks operating at the Kern River Oil Field in Bakersfield, Calif. The price of oil topped $50 a barrel this week for the first time since July, delivering a cash infusion to oil producers and a lift to beaten-down energy stocks. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    $50 oil shouldn’t pose major threat to consumers, economy

    NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil topped $50 a barrel this week for the first time since July, delivering a cash infusion to oil producers and a lift to beaten-down energy stocks.