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

The stock market showed little life on Wednesday as it closed yet another trading day barely changed from the day before. Major indexes rallied a bit after the Federal Reserve released minutes from its last meeting, but mostly gave up the gains toward the close. It was the fourth day in a row that the Standard and Poor’s 500 index moved less than one-half of one percentage point.

For the day:

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 26.99 points, or 0.2 per cent, 18,285.40.

The S&P 500 closed down 1.98 points, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 2,125.85.

The Nasdaq composite rose 1.71 points, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 5,071.74.

For the week:

The Dow is up 12.84 points, or 0.1 per cent.

The S&P 500 is up 3.12 points, or 0.2 per cent.

The Nasdaq is up 23.45, or 0.5 per cent.

For the year:

The Dow is up 462.33 points, or 2.6 per cent.

The S&P 500 index is up 66.95 points, or 3.3 per cent.

The Nasdaq is up 335.69 points, or 7.1 per cent.