U.S. markets

US stocks are stable in early trade; energy sector gains

The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 14 points to 16,014 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday. The Dow plunged 312 points the day before.

Stocks wobble, then recover after Chinese currency weakens

Major U.S. indexes closed little changed from the day before. The Dow Jones industrial average had been down 277 points earlier Wednesday.

The Dow closed down just a fraction of a point to 17,402.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose almost two points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,086.

The Nasdaq composite wound up with a gain of seven points, or 0.2 percent, at 5,044.

US stocks continue to slump; Chinese shares plunge

The losses follow declines in U.S. markets last week, when the three major indexes fell between 2 to 3 percent each. Global economic growth concerns remain the main focus for investors.

Faced with a drop in stock prices in Asia, Europe and the U.S., investors moved into traditional safe havens. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note fell to 2.22 percent from 2.26 percent on Friday. The price of gold rose 1 percent. Dividend-heavy stocks, like utilities, also gained.