- Dow -0.43% to 16460. S&P -0.03% to 1837. Nasdaq +0.30% to 4165.
- Treasurys: 30-year -0.39%. 10-yr -0.44%. 5-yr -0.37%.
- Commodities: Crude -1.17% to $92.58. Gold -0.46% to $1224.
- Currencies: Euro -0.25% vs. dollar. Yen +0.15%. Pound -0.3%.
- Stocks ended mixed, with the major averages recovering from an initial drop after the FOMC minutes showed the Fed viewing the benefits of monetary stimulus as diminishing over time.
- Blue chips took the worst of it, as Microsoft and Disney helped pull the Dow 0.4% lower; the S&P finished fractionally higher, and the Nasdaq added 0.3%
- Before the open, ADP reported a better than expected increase in payrolls last month, supporting the argument for the Fed to continue its tapering.
- Most recent consumer and manufacturing data suggest the employment picture is improving - ADP is another data point that legitimizes the trend - and pointing to some upward bias toward Friday's December jobs report.
- The dollar rose against other major currencies; Treasury prices rose, with the 10-year yield rising 5 bps to 2.994%.
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