Markets Right Now: US stocks start mixed; Chipotle in focus

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

U.S. stock indexes are little changed in early trading following mixed signals from Europe and Asia overnight. Grocery store Kroger is down 5 percent and Whole Foods is down 6 percent on worries about lower food prices and greater discounts.

Chipotle Mexican Grill jumped on word activist investor Bill Ackman’s investment firm has taken a stake. Oil and gas company Apache Corp. is rising after it said it discovered a major oil field in Texas.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,524. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index up less than a point to 2,186. The Nasdaq composite rose 4 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,280.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note slipped to 1.52 percent.