US stocks rise as investors digest Fed minutes showing tapering on track for November
- US stocks closed mixed as investors digested Fed meeting minutes showing tapering asset purchases is on track to begin in November.
CPIrose 0.4% in September, exceeding the median forecast of a 0.3% gain.
- Oil prices slipped while gold rose.
US stocks ended higher on Wednesday as investors digested minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting in September, which showed central bank officials broadly agreeing to begin tapering assets as soon as November, scaling back pandemic-era support for the economy.
"Participants generally assessed that, provided that the economic recovery remained broadly on track, a gradual tapering process that concluded around the middle of next year would likely be appropriate," minutes from the September 21-22 meeting said.
Here's where US indexes stood at the 4:00 p.m. ET close on Wednesday:
- S&P 500: 4,363.80, up 0.3%
- Dow Jones Industrial Average: 34,377.81, down 0.01% (0.53 points)
- Nasdaq Composite: 14,571.64, up 0.73%
The minutes released were a confirmation on Fed plans but conveyed nothing unexpected, said Lawrence Gillum, fixed income strategist for LPL Financial, in a note.
"There wasn't much new information to move markets," he said. "The tapering process could start in either mid-November or mid-December-we still think November but one month isn't going to matter to
The Consumer Price Index - a commonly used measure of US
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In cryptocurrencies, Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe said a collapse in the crypto market is "plausible," and regulatory action is urgently needed.
Meanwhile, the US has unseated China as the world's biggest bitcoin miner, accounting for a third of the global hash rate after Beijing banned all cryptocurrency transactions, data from the Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance published on Wednesday showed.
Gold rose 0.89% to $1,776.08 per ounce.
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