Specialist Michael Pistillo, left, and trader Gordon Charlop work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Banks and energy stocks are leading early gains for U.S. indexes. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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U.S. stocks are mixed Tuesday as energy companies climb with oil prices and banks move up along with interest rates.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 1 point, or 0.1 percent, to 1,569 .Among energy companies, Chevron gained 78 cents to $114.67 and Halliburton added 63 cents, or 1.4 percent, to $45.32 .Insurer AIG climbed 97 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $55.43 and Aflac picked up 77 cents, or 1.6 percent, to $45.47 .That's worst drop since July 2012, shortly after Facebook went public, and it knocked Facebook from its perch as the fifth most valuable publicly traded company in the U.S. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, which owns insurance companies and railroads, among many others, moved ahead of Facebook.Other social media companies continued to sink as well: Twitter plunged $3.40, or 9.7 percent, to $31.58 and Snap lost 70 cents, or 4.3 percent, to $15.62 .
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