US stocks dived deeper around midday on Thursday, just prior to the release of the minutes from the latest policy meeting of Federal Reserve.
In economic news, initial weekly jobless claims rose 10,000 to 234,000 in the week ended Nov. 24, following the prior week's 3,000 increase to 224,000.
Personal income, consumer spending and the PCE price index rose 0.5%, 0.6%, and 0.2%, respectively, in October.
The National Association of Realtors October pending home sales fell 2.6% to 102.1 after rising 0.7% to a seasonally adjusted 104.8 in September.
Across the Atlantic, equities were on the rise after all the FTSE 100 banks passed the Bank of England's Brexit scenario stress test, but gains were kept in check by a raid at Deutsche Bank's headquarters.
Crude oil is up 2.64% to $51.62 per barrel. Natural gas is down 4.6% to $4.483 per 1 million BTU. Gold is up 0.06% to $1,230.50 an ounce, while silver is down 0.38% to $14.40 an ounce. Copper is down 0.76% to $2.792 per pound.
Among energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund is up 3.02% to $10.98, with the United States Natural Gas Fund is down 0.32% to $37.55. Among precious-metal funds, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF is up 0.05% while SPDR Gold Shares is up 0.49% to $115.93. The iShares Silver Trust is up 0.22% to $13.46.
Here's where the markets stand at mid-day:
NYSE Composite Index is down 0.33% to 12,376.92
Dow Jones Industrial Index is down 0.34% to 25,279.20
S&P 500 is down 0.36% to 2,733.87
Nasdaq Composite Index is down 0.39% to 72,263.46
FTSE 100 is up 0.74% to 7,056.54
DAX is down 0.01% to 11,298.23
CAC 40 is up 0.46% to 5,006.25
Nikkei 225 is up 0.39% to 22,262.60
Hang Seng Index is down 0.94% to 26,431.20
Shanghai China Composite Index is down 1.32% o 2,567.44
NYSE SECTOR INDICES
NYSE Energy Sector Index is up 0.32% to 10,499.29
NYSE Financial Sector Index is down 0.75% to $7,679.97
NYSE Healthcare Sector Index is up 0.27% to 16,331.00
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