US stocks edge higher in midday trading

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher as investors set aside worries about the protests in Hong Kong, the Asian financial hub.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 43 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,114 as of noon Eastern time Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,980. The Nasdaq composite rose eight points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,514.

EBay rose 7 percent, the second-biggest gain in the S&P 500 index, after the company said it would spin off the mobile payment service PayPal.

The S&P 500 has slumped 1 percent in September, putting it on track for its third monthly loss this year.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.49 percent.

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