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Stock gains fizzle; Indexes still near records
Stock gains fizzle; Indexes still near records

A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday.  Energy stocks slid as the price of oil resumed its descent. Traders speculated that member nations of the oil-producing group OPEC would fail to agree on production cuts at an upcoming meeting in Vienna on Thursday. Oil has now dropped almost a third from a peak in June.  While lower oil prices are a long-term boon to consumers and industrial companies, they are a drag on stocks in the near term because energy companies account for about 10 percent of the overall market's profits.  Despite the losses, the major indexes remain close to all-time highs.  Stocks have been...

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