Stocks closed narrowly mixed Monday as investors looked past rising oil prices and awaited a sample of first-quarter earnings from Alcoa Inc. after the closing bell. A fresh rise in crude oil pushed futures above $68 a barrel, as the market grew nervous about mounting political tension over Iran's nuclear arms program.
At the close of trading, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 21.29, or 0.19 percent, to 11,141.33, after gaining as much as 65 points earlier in the day. The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 1.12, or 0.09 percent, to 1,296.62, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 5.75, or 0.25 percent, to 2,333.27.
Local movers were led by Mercury Air Group Inc., which rose 25 percent to $4.75. DuCommun Inc. closed up 14.5 percent to $26.12, Capstone Turbine Corp. ended the day up 13 percent to $4.26, and JAKKS Pacific Inc. rose 2.4 percent to $27.41. On the down side, Mission Valley Bank BCP CA fell 10 percent to $15.50, 99 Cents Only Stores was down 9 percent $11.54, Intergroup Inc. slipped 5 percent $14.92 and IRIS International Inc. lost 3.8 percent to $32.12.
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