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How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks finished slightly higher on Wednesday as investors picked stocks that pay big dividends, like real estate and phone companies. Energy companies fell with the price of oil and health care stocks continued to slide.

On Wednesday:

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 15.54 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 18,144.20.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index picked up 2.45 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,139.18.

The Nasdaq composite lost 7.77 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 5,239.02.

For the week:

The Dow is down 96.29 points, or 0.5 per cent.

The S&P 500 is down 14.56 points, or 0.7 per cent.

The Nasdaq is down 53.39 points, or 1 per cent.

For the year:

The Dow is up 719.17 points, or 4.1 per cent.

The S&P 500 is up 95.24 points, or 4.7 per cent.

The Nasdaq is up 231.61 points, or 4.6 per cent.