S&P 500, Dow nudge down a bit further from records

U.S. stock indexes took a modest step back Friday, though they remain close to record highs. Energy stocks fell more than the rest of the market, and bond yields eased.

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,343, as of 12:45 p.m. Eastern time. It's on pace for its second straight decline after setting a record high Wednesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 62 points, or 0.3 percent, to 20,557 after hitting an all-time high Thursday. It's on pace for its first drop in seven days. The Nasdaq composite rose 3 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,818. Roughly two stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock...