The Dow rose about 38 points, with DuPont rising and Verizon falling. The Nasdaq rose about 15 points.
A year after the Deepwater Horizon explosion triggered the mammoth Gulf oil spill, fishermen, hotel owners, and oil workers in Grand Isle, La., aren't sure if the old nature-oil balance can be regained.
Standard and Poor's cut its outlook for long-term US credit on Monday, sending US stocks downward
Deepwater Horizon oil spill report recommends tougher offshore drilling rules, more financial consequences for oil companies.
Stricter deep-water drilling regulations mean Gulf Coast waters are likely to yield less oil this year. Energy firms may shift attention abroad.
President Obama's commission to investigate the Gulf oil spill suggested wide-reaching reforms to avoid another disaster, including new oversight of the offshore-drilling industry.
The president's commission on the Gulf oil spill has roundly criticized BP's role in the disaster. But it's appearing less likely that the British oil giant will be charged with gross negligence.
Dick Cheney, former US vice president, will be charged Thursday by Nigerian anti-corruption police in a case against Halliburton.
Operators of the Deepwater Horizon rig, getting ready to move on to the next job, appeared to let their attention drift at a critical moment, hints the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.