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U.S. stocks end flat as investors ignore jobs report, Fed

The facade of the New York Stock Exchange

The facade of the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 2, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Richard Drew

Investors didn’t react much to a strong hiring survey or the Federal Reserve’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged Wednesday, and U.S. stocks finished little changed.

ON WALL STREET: At the close, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 26.9 points, about 0.1 percent, at 19,891. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up less than a point at 2,279.6. The Nasdaq composite was up 27.9 points, about 0.5 percent, at 5,642.7.

OIL PRICES: As markets closed, U.S. benchmark crude oil was up 20 cents at $53.62 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London on the Intercontinental Exchange Europe, Brent crude, the benchmark for international oil prices, added 95 cents to $56.53 a barrel.

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