ECONOMY

Stock indexes end mostly lower as US companies turn in mixed earnings; Harley-Davidson sinks

FILE - This Oct. 2, 2014 photo shows a Wall Street sign adjacent to the New York Stock Exchange, in New York.   U.S. stocks are wavering in early trading more big companies turn in earnings reports. Markets in Asia surged on optimism over recent reforms in China, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

FILE - This Oct. 2, 2014 photo shows a Wall Street sign adjacent to the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks are wavering in early trading more big companies turn in earnings reports. Markets in Asia surged on optimism over recent reforms in China, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. stocks are ending mostly lower as big companies turn in a mixed batch of earnings results.

Harley-Davidson dropped 10 percent Tuesday after its earnings fell short of analysts' forecasts.

Kimberly-Clark jumped 5 percent. The maker of Huggies diapers and Kleenex tissues reported income and revenue that easily beat analysts' forecasts.

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 85 points, or 0.5 percent, to 17,949.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost three points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,097.

The Nasdaq composite bucked the downward trend, climbing 19 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,014.

The price of oil fell $1.12 to close at $55.26 a barrel in New York

Government bond prices edged lower. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.91 percent.