New York • Stocks were little changed in early trading Thursday after a survey showed that U.S. manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace in almost four years. The report helped offset weak Chinese manufacturing data.
KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell one point, or less than 0.1 percent, to 1,827 as of 10:09 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nine points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 16,023. The Nasdaq composite dropped five points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,232.
MADE IN THE USA: Manufacturing in the U.S. expanded at the fastest pace in almost four years in February, according to a private survey by Markit. The survey showed a strong rebound after a slowdown in January. The Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing index rose to 56.7 from 53.7 in January. Numbers above 50 show activity increasing.