Stocks mixed on earthquake in Japan, tsunami

NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are bouncing between small gains andlosses as investors gauge the fallout from a massive earthquakethat struck off the coast of Japan.The prospect of falling oil demand from Japan, a major oilconsumer, sent crude prices down sharply. So did the failure ofanticipated protests in Saudi Arabia to draw large crowds.A stronger-than-expected report on retail sales Friday waslargely overshadowed by fears that a tsunami could hit as far awayas the Hawaii and the West coast of the U.S.The Dow Jones industrial average is down 24 points, or 0.2percent, at 11,960 in midday trading.The Standard & Poor’s 500 is up 1.6, or 1.3 percent, to 1,296.The Nasdaq composite is down 1.1, or less than one percent, to2,699.

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