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