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The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2.09 points, or 0.01 percent, to 17,685.73. The S&P 500 dropped 3.08 points, or 0.15 percent [url=http://www.cheapmlbcardinalsshop.com/stan-musial/]Stan Musial Cardinals Jersey[/url] , to 2,048.72. The Nasdaq Composite Index lost 26.73 points, or 0.57 percent, to 4,675.71.

The three major indices traded modestly lower for most of the session, but the Dow and the S&P 500 briefly jumped to positive territory immediately after the release of the Federal Reserve's minutes of its October policy meeting before losing steam again in absence of major stimulus.

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But a few participants expressed concern that inflation might persist below their objective "for quite some time," the minutes showed.

Some investors interpreted the central bank's concern about persistently low inflation as an indication that Fed would keep rates low for a bit longer, and thus providing more supports to the equity market.

At the October meeting, the Fed decided to end the third round of monthly asset purchases program, as it sees the economy is improving on track from the worst financial crisis in decades. It also pledged to keep low interest rates in the longer run to nurture the hard-earned recovery.

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Moreover, U.S. mortgage applications in the week ending Nov. 14 unexpectedly jumped 4.9 percent from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

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Lowe's Companies Inc, the second-largest U.S. home improvement products retailer, raised its full-year profit and sales forecast after reporting better-than-expected earnings and revenue for the third-quarter. Lowe's shares rallied 6.37 percent to finish at 62. 26 dollars per share.

On Tuesday, the Dow and the S&P 500 refreshed their record highs on cheerful U.S. housing data and robust merger and acquisition deals in the healthcare sector.

The CBOE Volatility Index, often referred to as Wall Street's fear gauge, ticked up 0.72 percent to end at 13.96 on Wednesday.

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In late New York trading, the euro increased to 1.2544 dollars from 1.2535 dollars in the previous session. The greenback bought 117.88 Japanese yen, higher than 116.89 yen of the previous session.

Crude prices dropped as U.S. crude inventories increased last week.

Light, sweet crude for December delivery moved down 3 cents to settle at 74.58 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for January delivery lost 37 cents to close at 78.1 dollars a barrel.

Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell on a poll showing Swiss voters will say no to the plan about the nation's central bank to buy more bullions. The most active gold contract for December delivery lost 3.2 dollars, or 0.27 percent [url=http://www.cheapmlbcardinalsshop.com/vince-coleman/]Vince Coleman Jersey[/url] , to settle at 1,193.9 dollars per ounce.

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