How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

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Posted: Feb 18, 2015 4:59 PM

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

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.

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.