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US stock indexes drift mostly lower, led by declines in energy companies as oil prices slide

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U.S. stock indexes are drifting mostly lower, pulling the Dow Jones industrial average slightly below its latest all-time high.

The Dow fell 10 points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 18,214 Thursday.

PHOTO: Trader Christopher Lotito works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. U.S. financial markets drifted in morning trading Thursday, with energy stocks among the biggest decliners as crude oil prices fell. Investors were weighing new economic data on unemployment benefit claims, consumer prices and orders for long-lasting manufactured goods. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Trader Christopher Lotito works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. U.S. financial markets drifted in morning trading Thursday, with energy stocks among the biggest decliners as crude oil prices fell. Investors were weighing new economic data on unemployment benefit claims, consumer prices and orders for long-lasting manufactured goods. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell three points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,110. The Nasdaq composite rose 20 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,987.

Energy stocks fell more than the rest of the market as the price of oil plunged again. Chevron and Exxon Mobil were among the biggest decliners in the Dow.

Sears fell 5 percent after the company reported its fourth straight year of falling profit and revenue.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.03 percent from 1.97 percent late Wednesday.

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