The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 5.92 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 8829.74, paring an 84-point gain. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index fell 2.80, or 0.30 per cent, to 1118.17. The Nasdaq Composite fell 11.05, or 0.6 per cent, to 1851.06.
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US STOCKS were mixed as investors were rattled by the possibility of a military strike against Iraq. Oil shares such as Exxon and Chevron rose on the prospect that the supply of oil from the Middle East will be interrupted.