Around the World's Markets: New York

US STOCKS were mixed, with oil producers rising on the back of higher crude prices but technology stocks weaker.

Chevron and Exxon were among the major gainers, up 3 3/16 and 2 1/8 respectively. The oil producers helped the Dow Jones 37.74 points higher to 9,731.5 by the mid-afternoon. The Nasdaq was modestly higher, up 3.83 points at 2,396.77.

Fallers included Computer Associates, which fell 16 per cent following a broker downgrade.