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US stocks steady ahead of global economic talks

A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, April 15, 2016. Asian stocks mostly edged lower on Friday as investors assessed a report on Chinese quarterly economic growth while Japanese shares dropped after an earthquake. Market players were also watching for cues on currencies and other policies from a meeting in Washington, D.C., of financial ministers and central bank governors of the Group of 20 leading industrial nations. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

LONDON (AP) — U.S. stocks are little changed as investors weigh first quarter results from several financial companies and look ahead to weekend meetings on economics and oil.

Oil prices slipped early Friday, dragging energy companies lower.

Citibank said first quarter profit declined sharply, but results beat expectations and Citi shares rose 2.4 percent.

This weekend, finance ministers from leading industrial nations are to meet in Washington, and major oil-producing nations are to meet in Doha to discuss cutting production.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 2 points to 17,923 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell less than a point to 2,081. The Nasdaq composite fell 6 points to 4,939.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.77 percent.

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