NEW YORK (AP) _ Stock prices are mixed in active trading. The Dow Jones industrial average is down 25 points in today's early going. Declines on the New York Stock Exchange hold an eight-to-seven lead over advancer. The Nasdaq composite index has gained 9 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index is down 2 points.

Given all the uncertainties in the global political and economic arenas, Wall Street is in search of some good news. And it may have found some in the high-technology sector.

Two big software companies, Adobe Systems and Oracle, have both posted stronger-than-expected quarterly profit reports. And Intel is now forecasting a surprisingly strong jump in third-quarter sales, due to strong demand.

The question for the market, though, is whether the high-tech strength will be enough to provide support for the broader market.

Stocks have tumbled two days in a row, with the Kenneth Starr report on President Clinton due to be released today.

And overseas markets have been uniformly lower today as well.