Wall Street opens slightly down ahead of Fed

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 21, 2013 15:12 hrs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Wednesday as investors held off bets ahead of the publication of the minutes of the latest U.S. Federal Reserve policy-setting meeting.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 38.25 points, or 0.25 percent, at 14,964.74. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 4.32 points, or 0.26 percent, at 1,648.03. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 9.00 points, or 0.25 percent, at 3,604.59.

(Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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