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Markets Right Now: Stocks stumble, bond yields rise post Fed

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

2:40 p.m.

Stocks are inching mostly lower on Wall Street after the Federal Reserve said it would start reducing its huge bond portfolio next month and was still on track to raise interest rates later this year.

High-dividend stocks like household goods makers and utilities fell the most Wednesday afternoon. Income-seeking investors find those stocks less appealing when bond yields move higher.

Kraft Heinz fell 1.8 percent and NRG Energy lost 1.5 percent.

Banks rose. Rising bond yields mean banks can charge higher interest rates on loans. Bank of America rose 1.4 percent.

Bond prices fell, sending yields higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.28 percent.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,502. The Dow Jones industrials were little changed.

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11:45 a.m.

U.S. stock indexes were mostly higher in midday trading ahead of the Federal Reserve’s latest economic and interest rate policy update.

Industrial companies, including airlines, led the gainers Wednesday. Johnson Controls rose 3 percent and American Airlines rose 2.3 percent.

Energy stocks also rose as oil prices headed higher. Technology stocks were down the most. Several packaged food companies also declined.

Bed Bath and Beyond plunged 15 percent after reporting earnings and sales that missed analysts’ forecasts.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up a fraction of a point at 2,507.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 17 points, or 0.1 percent, to 22,388. The Nasdaq composite fell 19 points, or 0.3 percent, to 6,442.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.24 percent.

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9:35 a.m.

Stocks are narrowly higher in early trading on Wall Street as investors wait to hear from the Federal Reserve.

Energy stocks were rising along with the price of crude oil early Wednesday. ConocoPhillips gained 1.3 percent.

Bed Bath and Beyond plunged 17 percent after reporting earnings and sales that missed analysts’ forecasts.

Cereal maker General Mills was also down 8 percent after reporting a disappointing quarter.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was little changed at 2,506.

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 7 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 22,363. The Nasdaq composite fell 5 points, or 0.1 percent, to 6,456.

Three stocks rose for every two that fell on the New York Stock Exchange.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.23 percent.

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