By Sruthi Shankar
(Reuters) - The S&P 500 inched lower on Thursday, as disappointing results from a slew of companies, including Qualcomm Inc, countered gains in bank stocks ahead of the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision.
The sluggish moves came after U.S. stocks surged more than 2 percent on Wednesday after the midterm election results came in largely as expected, with Democrats winning control of the House of Representatives and President Donald Trump's Republican party expanding its Senate majority.
The U.S. central bank, which is set to release its rate decision at 2:00 pm ET, is expected to leave interest rates unchanged, but the statement that follows could lay the ground for a fourth rate hike in December as well as next year.
Yield on the 2-year Treasury notes
"If you've higher bond yields and higher stock prices, that means that investors have become a little less fearful that the Fed will stop this economic expansion prematurely," Keon said.
At 12:59 p.m. ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> was up 36.88 points, or 0.14 percent, at 26,217.18, the S&P 500 <.SPX> was down 4.62 points, or 0.16 percent, at 2,809.27 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> was down 32.24 points, or 0.43 percent, at 7,538.52.
Wynn Resorts fell 12 percent after the casino operator missed third-quarter profit estimate and warned of a slowdown in the key Macau market. Shares of peers Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd
Declining issues outnumbered advancers for a 1.13-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and for a 1.00-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.
The S&P index recorded 33 new 52-week highs and two new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 69 new highs and 64 new lows.
(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)
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