An early rally fades, leaving stock indexes little changed

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The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks ended up more or less where they started after a brief midday rally faded.

Airlines rose Thursday. Delta Air Lines climbed 1 percent after its results came in ahead of expectations, thanks partly to lower fuel costs.

Progressive sank 3 percent after reporting earnings that came in below analysts’ estimates.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 18 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,926.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index edged up less than a point to 2,082. The Nasdaq composite slipped a point to 4,945.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.79 percent.

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