Stocks open mixed on Wall Street; Best Buy jumps
August 20, 2013 9:50 AM
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NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is opening mixed after a four-day slump.

Several retailers rose sharply in early trading Tuesday after reporting higher earnings. Best Buy rose 11 percent and Urban Outfitters rose 9 percent.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up a point, or 0.1 percent, at 1,647 after the first few minutes of trading.

The Dow Jones industrial average edged down three points, or 0.02 percent, to 15,007.

The Nasdaq composite rose nine points, or 0.3 percent, to 3,599.

Investors were also encouraged by a decline in bond yields, which are used to set interest rates on many kinds of loans including home mortgages.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.82 percent from 2.88 percent late Monday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

PHOTO:  In this Monday, July 22, 2013, photo, Specialist Douglas Johnson is reflected in a screen at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A mix of good and bad earnings reports from big companies kept the stock market treading water in early trading Tuesday, July 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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