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The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained four points to 1,621, or 0.07 percent. The Nasdaq composite edged down two points to 3,391, a loss of 0.04 percent.

In government bond trading, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note climbed to 1.79 percent from 1.76 percent Monday. The yield has risen this week after going as low as 1.63 percent last week, its lowest level of the year. The rising yield means demand is slipping for low-risk U.S. government debt as traders shift money into riskier assets such as stocks.

The price of crude oil fell 71 cents to $95.47 a barrel in New York, and the price of gold was down $22.80, or 1.6 percent, to $1,445. The dollar was lower against the euro and the Japanese yen.