US stocks fall in early trading as the price of oil takes another turn lower; Transocean down

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Oil and gas companies led the stock market lower on Friday as the price of oil took another fall. U.S. crude sank 2.7 percent after Goldman Sachs said that the global glut of oil supply could push prices as low as $20 a barrel. Drillers had some of the biggest losses in early trading. Rig operator Transocean slid 3.7 percent.

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KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 was down 10 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,941 as of 10:13 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average sank 75 points, or 0.5 percent, to 16,252, and the Nasdaq gave up 32 points, or 0.7 percent, to 4,764.

Traders observed a moment of silence on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange before the opening bell to observe the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

CRUDE: Benchmark U.S. crude fell $1.18 to $44.74 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, an international benchmark, fell $1.04 to $47.85 a barrel in London. That sent energy stocks sharply lower. Energy shares in the S&P 500 sank 1.4 percent, nearly three times as much as the broader index.

BIG BOUNCE: Grocery store operator Kroger gained 4 percent after reporting earnings that beat analysts' expectations. Kroger's stock rose $1.41 to $36.81.

ZIG-ZAG-ZIG: Major indexes are on track to finish the week solidly higher following deep losses last week. News about China's slowing economy and other concerns have knocked the market down 7 percent over the past month. It has been a staggered fall, with sharp drops one week followed by slight gains the next.

OVER THERE: Major markets in Europe are broadly lower. Germany's DAX dropped 0.4 percent, while France's CAC-40 sank 0.7 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 slipped 0.5 percent.

ASIA'S SCORECARD: China's Shanghai Composite Index added 0.1 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.3 percent. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.2 percent and South Korea's Kospi dropped 1.1 percent. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.5 percent.

CHINA: Before traders return to their desks on Monday, a large batch of Chinese economic news will come out over the weekend. Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG, said that could lead to a turbulent start to trading next week.

"The weekend release of Chinese retail sales, industrial production and fixed asset investment numbers means that Monday is likely to start with a bang," Mahony said. "And if recent data is anything to go by, it will most likely point towards yet more trouble in the beleaguered Asian powerhouse."

BONDS AND CURRENCIES: Prices for U.S. government bonds rose, pushing the yield on the 10-year Treasury note down to 2.18 percent from 2.23 percent late Thursday. The euro slipped to $1.1288 while the dollar was flat at 120.71 yen.