(Updated from 10:38 a.m. EDT)
Rising tensions in the Middle East knocked the wind out of an early morning rally on Wall Street.
In response to the killing of two soldiers, Israel launched helicopter attacks on targets near the Gaza headquarters of Palestinian President
. Israel also launched attacks against the West Bank city of Ramallah.
In addition to what's happening within Israel, at least four Americans were killed when a U.S. Navy destroyer refueling in the Yemeni port of Aden was hit by a terrorist attack.
Our partners in Israel at
have been weighing in on the mood in the Middle East and how investors in that region are
reacting to the recent tumult.
The price of oil shot higher on the news -- crude was lately up $2.00 a barrel to $35.25, just shy of its Sept. 20 high of $37.20. Stocks took the opposite tack. After being as high as 1374 this morning, the
S&P 500 was lately down 24 at 1341. The
Nasdaq Composite was down 45 to 3123. The
Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more sharply, off 307 at 10,108.
Predictably, energy and oil services stocks have rallied. The
Amex Oil and Gas Index
was up 2.7%. The
Philadelphia Stock Exchange Oil Services Index
was up 3.4%.
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Treasuries, under pressure earlier as stock futures rallied, were sharply off their lows shortly after 9 a.m. EDT. The 10-year was lately up 22/32 at 100 3/32, dropping the yield to 5.736%. As the world's safest and most liquid asset,
Treasury securities typically rally in response to reports of international strife.