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.