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Wall Street slips as Fed signals two more hikes this year


By Caroline Valetkevitch

(Reuters) - The Dow and 500 were down slightly in afternoon trading on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates as expected and projected a slightly faster pace of rate hikes in the coming months.

Two additional hikes are now expected by the end of this year, compared to one previously.

In its decision on Wednesday, the Fed raised its benchmark overnight lending rate a quarter of a percentage point to a range of between 1.75 percent and 2 percent.

"The statement was a bit hawkish relative to market expectations, and that's why we're not getting a rally. The June hike was already in the market and the market is keying off what they expect for the next six months and it was a bit more hawkish," said Jason Ware, at Albion Financial in

Stocks fell after the decision, but recovered some ground in late trading following comments from Fed during a conference.

At 3:30 p.m. ET, the <.DJI> fell 48.49 points, or 0.19 percent, to 25,272.24, the 500 <.SPX> lost 4.66 points, or 0.17 percent, to 2,782.19 and the Composite <.IXIC> added 6.67 points, or 0.09 percent, to 7,710.46.

A ruling that approved Inc's $85 billion deal to buy put the spotlight on media and telecom shares, which mostly rose.

Shares of channel owner Time Warner rose 2.6 percent. dropped 5.5 percent, sending the telecom services index <.SPLRCL> down 3.9 percent.

surged 6.9 percent on expectations would outbid for some of its assets.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.91-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.21-to-1 ratio favoured decliners.

The posted 40 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Composite recorded 151 new highs and 24 new lows.

(Additional reporting by in New York and Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by and Meredith Mazzilli)

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 01:37 IST