US stocks edge lower after a two-day plunge caused by anxiety over looming end of Fed stimulus

The U.S. stock market is edging lower in midday trading as investors regroup following the biggest drop of the year.

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 42 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 14,708 as of noon Eastern Daylight Time Friday.

The Dow plunged 560 points Wednesday through Thursday after the Federal Reserve said it could wind down its bond-buying program by the middle of next year if the economy continues to improve.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell eight points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,580 points. Technology stocks fell the most in the index after Oracle reported disappointing results late Thursday.

The Nasdaq composite index fell 35 points, or 1 per cent, to 3,329.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.50 per cent from 2.42 per cent.

Gold edged higher.