NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have turned mostly lower in afternoon trading on Wall Street, as losses in banks and energy companies offset gains elsewhere in the market. Homebuilders also declined following new data showing sales of new U.S. homes slumped in July. Technology stocks moved higher, adding to recent gains.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term mortgage rates have fallen for the third straight week, though they remain significantly higher than a year ago. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages ticked down to 4.51 percent from 4.53 percent last week. A year ago, they averaged 3.86 percent. The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans fell to 3.98 percent this week from 4.01 percent last week.

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators say U.S. banks set a record by making more than $60 billion in profits in the second quarter, up more than 25 percent from a year earlier. Banks have been able to charge more interest on loans in recent months, and received a substantial boost from the tax law enacted last year that lowered corporate income tax rates. Nine banks that have more than $250 billion in assets earned roughly half of all profits. There are more than 5,500 insured banks in the U.S.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The nation's largest grocery chain will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025. Kroger says it will start at its Seattle chain QFC, where it expects to be plastic-bag free by next year. Kroger orders about 6 billion bags each year. The company, based in Cincinnati, operates nearly 2,800 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, serving almost 9 million people daily through two dozen different grocery chains.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney can raise a glass, even if he's not starring in any hit movies. Clooney tops the 2018 Forbes' list of highest-paid actors with $239 million in pretax earnings. The rankings include on-screen and outside earnings. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ranked second with $124 million pretax. Robert Downey Jr. was third with $81 million, followed by Chris Hemsworth with $64.5 million and Jackie Chan's $45.5 million.