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US stocks mostly lower after Fed releases minutes

US stocks edge lower as investors look ahead to jobs report and corporate earnings news

Michael Capolino, center, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Stocks are mostly lower in ea...
Specialist Jason Hardzewicz, left, and trader John Doyle work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.Stocks are mostly lo...
Trader Edward Curran works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.Stocks are mostly lower in early trading as investors h...
Traders F. Hill Creekmore, left, and John Bishop work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Stocks are mostly lower in ...

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Michael Capolino, center, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Stocks are mostly lower in ea...

Wall Street

Specialist Jason Hardzewicz, left, and trader John Doyle work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.Stocks are mostly lo...

Wall Street

Trader Edward Curran works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.Stocks are mostly lower in early trading as investors h...

Wall Street

Traders F. Hill Creekmore, left, and John Bishop work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Stocks are mostly lower in ...

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks are mostly lower as investors pick over minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting and look ahead to the beginning of corporate earnings reports.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 68 points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 16,462 Wednesday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell a fraction to 1,837. The Nasdaq composite was up 12 points, 0.3 percent, at 4,165.

Telecommunications stocks fell the most. Health care stocks rose.

Trading is getting off to a slow start at the beginning of the year. Investors are looking ahead to the government's monthly jobs report Friday. Chevron and Alcoa release their results on Thursday.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3 percent.


Updated : 2021-04-18 09:01 GMT+08:00