Among other indicators yesterday:

There were about as many advancing issues as declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange. Trading volume fell to 714.2 million shares from 818.9 million on Thursday.

The NYSE composite index rose 2.37, to 663.12; the American Stock Exchange composite index fell 3.63, to 818.10; and the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 0.54, to 465.26.

The price of the main 30-year Treasury bond rose $4.06 per $1,000 in face value. Its yield fell to 5.88 percent from 5.91 percent on Thursday.

The dollar held steady against the Japanese yen and fell against the euro. In late New York trading, a dollar bought 120.99 yen, unchanged from late Thursday, and a euro bought $1.0200, up from $1.0190.

Crude oil and gasoline futures soared a second day on the New York Mercantile Exchange as refinery troubles in California threatened to cause spot shortages. Light sweet crude oil for August delivery settled at $20.62 a barrel, up 46 cents, on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Gold for current delivery fell on the Commodity Exchange division of the New York Mercantile Exchange to $254.30 a troy ounce from $254.70 on Thursday.