Closing Update: Stocks Shave Post-GDP Loss as Fed Lessens Rate-Hike Fears

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Wall Street ended narrowly mixed Wednesday, trimming the early losses seen when a strong Q2 GDP reading triggered worries that the Federal Reserve now has the ammunition to hike short-term rates sooner than previously expected. But nerves were calmed when the Federal Open Market Committee said it had voted near unanimously to keep rates low "for a considerable time," allowing for a slim gain for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite, but another down day for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The Nasdaq put in a very impressive performance thanks to strong earnings from Twitter ( TWTR ) and Amgen ( AMGN ) that gave a boost to the social-media and biotech sector. This allowed the tech-heavy index to close on the plus side for the first time in five days.

Today's economic calendar kicked off with a 218,000 increase in private payrolls for July, missing estimates for a 235,000 gain. But since this was the fourth straight month that more than 200,000 jobs were added to the economy, the report from ADP was considered mostly market-friendly.


Q2 GDP generated the most interest today, especially after the economy grew at an impressive 4.0% in Q2, offsetting a revised 2.1% contraction in Q1. Coupled with a 2.0% gain in the price index, the combination of solid growth with increased price pressures erased pre-market gains, leaving most stocks in the red at the open.

Here's where the markets stand at the close:

US MARKETS

Dow Jones Industrial Index was down 31 points (-0.2%) at 16,880

S&P 500 was up 0.12 (+0.1%) at 1,970

Nasdaq Composite Index was up 20 (+0.5%) at 4,462

GLOBAL SENTIMENT

FTSE 100 was down 0.50%

Nikkei 225 was up 0.18%

Hang Seng Index was up 0.37%

Shanghai China Composite Index was down 0.09%

UPSIDE MOVERS

(+) GFIG Certain assets to be acquired by CME Group ( CME )

(+) TWTR Beat earnings and revenue estimates, strong guidance

(+) GALT Company responds to criticism of NASH trial

(+) ZLTQ Beats earnings estimates, raises guidance

(+) LOCO Gets endorsement from CNBC's Jim Cramer

(+) RNG Smaller-than-expected Q2 loss, reseller pact with BT

DOWNSIDE MOVERS

(-) RT Disappointing Q4 results as brand transformation shows little progress

(-) PWE, PWT.TO Reviewing historical financials, will restate some results

(-) DWA Swings to a Q2 loss, misses earnings and revenue estimates

(-) UIHC Missed Q2 revenue expectations



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Referenced Stocks: AMGN , CME

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