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World stocks faltered today as China's manufacturing weakened and the latest Fed minutes reminded investors that U.S. interest rates are likely to rise next year.
Stocks are closing lower for the first time this week. The market today edged below the record high it set on Tuesday. Investors found little new to trade on in the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting that were released today. The S&P 500 index slid three points to 2,048. The Dow slipped two points to 17,685. The Nasdaq shed nearly 27 points to 4,675.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks got a bump after the Federal Reserve released minutes of its latest policy meeting, but the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq composite have all slipped back into negative territory. The Fed's minutes show policymakers decided to stick to their wording on the timing of any interest rate hikes out of concern that a change could be misinterpreted by financial markets. The Fed says it expects to keep a key short-term interest rate low for a "considerable time."
International stock markets were lackluster today as investors digested a fall in Chinese home prices and Japan's scramble to overcome its economic malaise.
International stock markets rose modestly today but shares in Tokyo jumped on expectations, confirmed after markets closed, that the Japanese government would respond to a recession by postponing a sales tax hike.
Japanese shares led declines in Asian stock indexes today after preliminary quarterly economic data showed the country returned to recession.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are ending mostly mixed, while the Standard & Poor's 500 eked out a record close. The index edged up a fraction to 2,039. The Nasdaq composite rose eight points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,688. By contrast, the Dow Jones industrial average slipped 18 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,634.
The major indexes are slightly lower in afternoon trading. Virgin America has jumped 30 percent in its market debut, while energy companies are higher as the price of crude oil creeps upward.
International stock markets were mostly higher today as investors expected policymakers in Europe and Japan to open the stimulus taps wider as their economies slumber.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks indexes are closing mostly higher as traders welcome more positive news on corporate earnings and deals. The Standard & Poor's 500 edged up a point to 2,039. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 40 1/2 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,652, another record. The Nasdaq rose five points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,680.
Stocks are mixed and little changed in early afternoon trading on Wall Street.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped 1.43 point, a sliver of a percent, to end at 2,038.25.
Stocks in China jumped today after Hong Kong scrapped a daily limit on how much yuan residents can buy as exchanges in both economies prepare for the start of cross border share trading next week.
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