Stocks prices slip in midday trading; energy companies fall as price of crude oil moves lower

Markets Associated Press

Stocks are mostly lower in midday trading as energy companies decline along with the price of oil.

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The Dow Jones industrial average fell 59 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,227 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost three points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,127. The Nasdaq composite gave up three points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,087.

Energy stocks fell. Hess lost 2 percent and Newfield Exploration declined 1.3 percent.

Oil fell 95 cents, or 1.6 percent, to $59.77 a barrel.

Campbell Soup rose 2 percent after its earnings came in ahead of what analysts were looking for.

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Bond prices fell after the government reported an increase in consumer prices last month. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.21 percent.