Summary box: Stocks mixed; Oracle drags down tech

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Posted: Dec 21, 2011 5:05 PM
Summary box: Stocks mixed; Oracle drags down tech

TECH'S THE TROUBLE: Stocks ended mixed Wednesday. Technology companies pulled the Nasdaq lower after Oracle Corp. delivered a disappointing earnings report. Other sectors rose.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 4 points to 12,107. The Standard & Poors 500 index rose 2 points to 1,243.

SECTOR BY SECTOR: Tech was down 2 percent. Prices rose or stayed flat in the S&P 500's other 10 sectors, including a 1.4 percent rise for utilities and a 1.1 percent rise for consumer staples.