US stocks drift mostly lower in early afternoon trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Major U.S. indexes are drifting mostly lower in early afternoon trading. Energy companies fell more than the rest of the market as crude oil prices dropped. Banks also moved lower. European markets fell after the British government said it will formally begin the process of leaving the European Union next week.


  • Written by MARLEY JAY , AP Markets Writer

Airlines expect 4 percent rise in passengers this spring

DALLAS (AP) — Coming off another highly profitable year in 2016, U.S. airlines expect traffic this spring to increase 4 percent over last year, and they are adding seats to handle the crush.


  • Written by DAVID KOENIG , AP Airlines Writer