Markets Right Now: Stocks end mostly lower, oil price rises

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

4 p.m.

Stocks closed mostly lower on Wall Street, but energy companies rose sharply as the price of crude oil shot higher.

Real estate and industrial companies as well as banks fell broadly on Monday. Simon Property Group lost 2.4% and Boeing fell 1.3%.

The price of crude oil surged to its highest level since October after the U.S. moved to further block Iranian oil exports. That helped lift energy stocks.

The S&P 500 index wavered between gains and losses for much of the day before ending up 2 points, or 0.1%, at 2,907.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 26,511. The Nasdaq rose 17 points, or 0.2%, to 8,015.

Small-company stocks fell. More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange.

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11:45 a.m.

The price of crude oil surged after the U.S. moved to further block Iranian oil exports.

That helped lift energy stocks Monday, but losses elsewhere in the market held indexes in check.

The S&P 500 flip-flopped between modest gains and losses in morning trading, much as it has the last few weeks.

The Trump administration said it will no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, including China and Japan.

That helped the price of benchmark U.S. crude touch its highest level since October.

Real estate stocks and companies that make basic materials fell.

The S&P 500 edged up 1 point to 2,906.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 17 points, or 0.1%, to 26,541. The Nasdaq rose 2 points to 8,000.

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9:35 a.m.

Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street following a long holiday weekend, while energy stocks rose along with crude oil prices.

Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 2.4% early Monday after the U.S. said it wouldn’t renew waivers to five countries exempting them from sanctions if they continued to import oil from Iran.

Marathon Oil jumped 2.7%. Other energy companies also rose.

Elsewhere, technology stocks and companies that rely on consumer spending posted some of the biggest losses.

Western Digital fell 2.3% and Mattel dropped 3.9%

The S&P 500 fell 8 points, or 0.3%, to 2,896.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 84 points, or 0.3%, to 26,472. The Nasdaq fell 29 points, or 0.4%, to 7,968.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10 year Treasury rose to 2.57%.

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