9 Mar 2010

Wall St ends mixed

3:11 pm on 9 March 2010

Stock prices were mixed on Wall Street on Monday as AIG's sale of a unit and McDonald's upbeat sales were offset by falling healthcare shares after criticism from US President Barack Obama.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 13.68 points, or 0.13%, to end at 10,552.52.

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index shed just 0.20 of a point, or 0.02%, to 1,138.50.

The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 5.86 points, or 0.25%, to 2,332.21, its highest close in 18 months.

In Europe, London's FTSE 100 was up 0.1%, France's CAC fell 0.2% and Germany's DAX was flat.

Tokyo's Nikkei Index rose up 217 points to 10,586.

The Australian 200 Index rose 40 points (0.8%), to close at 4808.

Brent crude oil is trading at $79.30 dollars a barrel.

Gold is trading at $1123.85 US dollars an ounce.