U.S. indexes mixed at mid-day, oil rising

U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower in afternoon trading Friday as investors sized up the latest batch of company earnings. Phone company stocks were down the most, followed by banks and materials companies. Technology stocks led the gainers. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil headed higher. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,384 as of 11:47 a.m. Mountain time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 42 points, or 0.2 percent, t...

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