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Stock indexes are slightly higher at end of a tough week
Stock indexes are slightly higher at end of a tough week

U.S. stocks were flat to slightly higher in a quiet session Friday, giving investors a break after four straight days of losses. The price of oil slipped following a big gain the day before, when traders worried that the escalating conflict in the Middle East would affect the flow of crude from the region. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average was flat at 17,679 as of 2 p.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose a point, or 0.1 percent, to 2,057 and the Nasdaq composite rose 11 points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,874. OIL PRICES: Benchmark U.S. crude fell $1.47 to $49.91 a barrel in New York. That comes after five straight gains including a 4.5 percent jump on Thursday....

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