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Energy, materials stocks slid on commodity slump

Friday - 4/12/2013, 12:45pm  ET

Traders Christopher Anzelone, left, and Steven Capo confer on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, April 12, 2013. The stock market is heading lower in early trading after a four-day rise as bank shares weaken. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Energy and mining company stocks are sliding in midday trading as prices for crude oil and other commodities fall sharply.

The broader market also fell, but not as much.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 46 points at 14,818 at midday Friday, a loss of 0.3 percent. In the first four days of the week the Dow had risen 300 points, or 2 percent.

The Standard & Poor's 500 fell nine points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,583. The Nasdaq fell 19 points, also 0.6 percent, to 3,280.

Halliburton and other energy companies fell sharply as the price of crude oil dropped $2 to $91 a barrel.

Miners including Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining fell as gold plunged below $1,500 an ounce, the lowest since July 2011.

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