Texas Instruments Inc. boosted tech stocks after raising its profit forecast. And a falling dollar pushed the price of oil to its first finish over $70 a barrel since November and drove prices of metals like copper and aluminum higher.
According to preliminary calculations, the Dow is down 1 at 8,763. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is up 3 at 942. The Nasdaq is up 17 at 1,860.
Three stocks rose for every two that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to a relatively low 1.1 billion shares.
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