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Markets Right Now: Plunging oil prices sink energy stocks

FILE- In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, file photo trader Thomas Ferrigno, right, and specialist Gregg Maloney work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Nov. 13. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

4 p.m.

The steepest fall in oil prices in more than three years pulled energy stocks lower on Wall Street, extending a losing streak for the S&P 500 index to a fourth day.

The price of U.S. crude plunged 7.1 percent Tuesday, to $55 a barrel, the lowest since December 2017.

Oil has now fallen for 12 straight days, driven by worries over rising oil production around the world and weakening demand from developing countries.

Energy companies sustained big losses. Exxon Mobil gave up 2.3 percent.

The S&P 500 fell 4 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,722.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 100 points, or 0.4 percent, to 25,286. The Nasdaq composite was little changed at 7,200.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.14 percent.

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11:45 a.m.

Stocks are moving higher on Wall Street in midday trading as technology companies bounce back following big losses the day before.

Chipmakers were doing especially well Tuesday after taking a beating on Monday. Nvidia was up 6 percent and Intel rose 2.6 percent.

Amazon was up 1 percent. The booming online retailer said it would split its much-anticipated second headquarters operations between New York and northern Virginia.

The S&P 500 index rose 17 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,743.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 77 points, or 0.3 percent, to 25,462. The Nasdaq composite added 87 points, or 1.2 percent, to 7,288.

The price of oil fell again, extending its losing streak to 12 days.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.16 percent.

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9:35 a.m.

Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street following a plunge led by technology stocks the day before.

Technology stocks were among the biggest gainers in early trading Tuesday. Microsoft climbed 1.3 percent.

Advance Auto Parts climbed 7.7 percent after reporting strong results and raising its forecast.

The S&P 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,740.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 55 points, or 0.2 percent, to 25,445. The Nasdaq composite added 67 points, or 1 percent, to 7,271.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.17 percent.

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