Written by Associated Press
U.S. stock indexes ended mixed as energy companies slid, pushed lower by a downturn in energy prices.
Auto parts makers and car companies dropped Wednesday after O’Reilly Automotive reported weak sales in the second quarter. O’Reilly plunged 19 percent.
More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange and most industry groups were lower.
Technology stocks bucked the trend and moved higher. Advanced Micro Devices jumped 8.6 percent.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index edged up 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,433. The Dow Jones industrial average was little changed at 21,478.
The Nasdaq composite added 40 points, or 0.7 percent, to 6,150.
The Russell 2000 of small-company stocks fell 6 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,420.