US stocks are mixed after early skid; smaller companies rise

U.S. stocks are shaking off early losses and are mixed Monday as gains for energy companies and smaller, more U.S.-focused firms are balancing out losses for household goods makers and health care companies. Energy companies are rising with the price of oil. Indexes in Europe and Asia are lower, and Volkswagen is down after German authorities detained the CEO of its Audi division as part of an investigation into the manipulation of emissions controls.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 8 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,771 as of 11:30 a.m. Eastern time. Earlier it fell as much as 22 points. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 166 points, or 0.7 percent, to...