Stocks end mixed; Oracle miss drags down tech

December 22, 2011 • Business

In this Dec. 20, 2011 photo, Steven Marcus, right, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. European stock markets extended gains Wednesday, Dec. 21, on a wave of pre-holiday optimism after the European Central Bank loaned a record amount to the continent’s banks in an effort to bolster Europe’s stressed financial system. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Technology stocks fell Wednesday, dragged down by a weak earnings report from the business software maker Oracle Corp.

Broad market indexes were flat. The Dow Jones industrial average eked out a gain of 4 points after having been down 104 points at midday.

Technology stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 2 percent. Oracle plunged 12 percent after the business software company said it was Login to read more

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