How the Dow Jones industrial average and other major indexes fared on Wednesday

U.S. stock indexes ended mostly lower on Wednesday, declining for the first time this week and edging below record highs set the day before. Investors found little new to trade on in the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting.

On Wednesday:

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 2.09 points, less than 0.1 per cent, to 17,685.73.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 3.08 points, or 0.2 per cent, to end at 2,048.72.

The Nasdaq composite shed 26.73 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 4,675.71.

For the week:

The Dow is up 50.99 points, or 0.3 per cent.

The S&P 500 index is up 8.90 points, or 0.4 per cent.

The Nasdaq is down 12.83 points, or 0.3 per cent

For the year:

The Dow is up 1,109.07 points, or 6.7 per cent.

The S&P 500 index is up 200.36 points, or 10.8 per cent.

The Nasdaq is up 499.12 points, or 11.9 per cent.