NEW YORK — U.S. stocks were mixed in early trading Monday following a two-day rally in the market late last week.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 12 points, or 0.1 percent, to 15,780 as of 10 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down one point, or 0.1 percent, to 1,796 and the technology-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 8 points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,135.
YELLEN IN SPOTLIGHT: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who started her term as head of the central bank this month, is scheduled to testify before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be her first public comments since becoming Fed chair. Her comments will be closely watched, especially after recent disappointing economic data and the Fed’s decision to pull further back on its monthly bond purchases.
COMING OFF TWO STRONG DAYS: The stock market surged late last week, with the Dow rising 188 points on Thursday and 166 points on Friday. The market rallied Friday despite a jobs report that showed the U.S. economy created only 113,000 jobs in January, fewer than economists were anticipating.
YELP JUMPS: The online review site Yelp rose $3.46, or 4 percent, to $92.92. Yahoo is reportedly making a partnership with Yelp to integrate the company’s content into its search engine, according to The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets.
ICAHN TAKES THE PRESSURE OFF: Apple rose $7.89, or 1.5 percent, to $527.74. Activist investor Carl Icahn said he has dropped his shareholder proposal to force Apple to increase its stock buyback plan. Apple recently disclosed it had bought $14 billion of its own stock.
AMERICAN EXPRESS UPGRADED: American Express was the biggest gainer in the Dow, up $1.42, or 2 percent, to $88.41 after analysts at Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to “overweight” from “equal weight.”