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

Markets Associated Press

The U.S. stock market closed slightly lower on Wednesday, as sliding oil prices sent energy stocks sharply lower.

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Investors also weighed the minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting in January that showed that policymakers were in no hurry to raise interest rates.

On Wednesday:

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 17.73 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,029.85.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 0.66 of a point, or 0.03 percent, to 2,099.68.

The Nasdaq composite rose 7.10 points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,906.36.

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For the week:

The Dow Jones industrial average is up 10.50 points, or 0.1 percent.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index is up 2.69 points, or 0.1 percent.

The Nasdaq composite has gained 12.53 points, or 0.3 percent.

For the year:

The Dow is up 206.78 points, or 1.2 percent.

The S&P 500 index is up 40.78 points, or 2 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 170.31 points, or 3.6 percent.