ECONOMY

US indexes recover from an early slide and end mostly higher; Netflix plunges

  • Trader Luke Scanlon works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening lower while European markets suffer even steeper declines. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Trader Luke Scanlon works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening lower while European markets suffer even steeper declines. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • Traders gather at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening lower while European markets suffer even steeper declines. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Traders gather at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening lower while European markets suffer even steeper declines. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • Specialist Ronnie Howard, center, calls out prices as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Specialist Ronnie Howard, center, calls out prices as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. stocks are ending mostly higher after recovering from an early plunge.

Energy companies rose the most after the price of crude oil turned higher.

The Dow Jones industrial average edged down 24 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,117 Thursday. It was down as much as 206 points in early trading.

Broader indexes fared better.

The Standard & Poor's 500 edged up a fraction of a point to 1,862. The Nasdaq composite gained two points to 4,217.

Netflix plunged 19 percent after the company's subscriber growth fell short of its own forecasts following a rate increase.

The price of oil recovered slightly after three days of declines.

Benchmark U.S. crude rose 92 cents to close at $82.70 a barrel. It's still down 4 percent for the week.