Utilities led U.S. stocks mostly higher in midday trading Monday as falling bond yields made high-dividend companies more attractive to income-seeking investors. Financial stocks were also headed higher. Technology companies were down the most, giving up gains from an early rally.
KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 3 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,442 as of 12:16 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 33 points, or 0.2 percent, to 21,428. The Nasdaq composite slid 9 points, or 0.2 percent, to 6,256. The Russell 2000 of small-company stocks picked up 1 point, or 0.1 percent, to 1,415.