NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 08: People walk along Wall Street near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 08, 2022 in New York City. The Dow was up slightly in morning trading as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to unsettle global markets. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks shook off some early weakness and turned tentatively higher Wednesday, led by gains in store operators and other retailers. That sector has been beaten down in recent days over concerns that soaring inflation was eating into their profits. Some of those concerns dissipated after the high-end department store operator Nordtrom reported higher sales and raise it profit forecast. The S&P 500 rose 0.8%. A modest turn higher in the volatile technology sector helped push the Nasdaq up 1.2%, erasing its loss for the week. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which helps set mortgage rates, held steady at 2.76%.