US stocks start mixed amid Russia spat

Markets 3/15/2018, 2:41 PM
US stocks start mixed amid Russia spat

Equities in New York were looking for direction in early trade on Thursday following a joint statement the United States, Britain, Germany and France published, requesting from Russia to explain the poisoning of its former intelligence officer in England. Sergey Skripal and his daughter remain in critical condition. He was swapped in 2010. Precious metals declined.

The Dow Jones was 0.14% higher in initial transactions, led by Exxon's jump of 1.05% and an increase in shares of Goldman Sachs by 0.95%. The S&P 500, a broad index, added just 0.05%. Alexion was the best constituent, spiking 8%. The Nasdaq 100 lost 0.13%.

Gold dropped 0.45% to $1,319.09 per ounce at 2:40 pm CET and silver was 0.57% in the red at $16.45 for one ounce. The euro fell 0.23% to $1.2339 and the pound was flat at $1.396. The dollar was 0.32% lower at ¥105.984. The greenback traded 0.42% up at 3.008 against the Canadian dollar after topping the 1.3 mark for the first time since July 5.

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