Stocks Finish Mixed, with Techs Lagging

Disappointing results arrived from Merrill Lynch, Google, and Microsoft, but Citigroup and IBM topped expectations

Major stock indexes closed mixed Friday as better-than-expected quarterly financial results from Citigroup (C) and IBM (IBM) – and a move in crude oil below $130 per barrel – competed with disappointing earnings from big names including Google (GOOG), Merrill Lynch (MER) and Microsoft (MSFT).

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