Major U.S. stock-indexes wobbled on Thursday as healthcare stocks snapped a three-day rally after UnitedHealth cut its profit forecast, offsetting gains in technology and consumer stocks.
Investors also digested minutes from the Federal Reserve's October meeting released on Wednesday, which hardened expectations of a December interest rate hike and hinted at a cautious approach after that.
Data on Thursday appeared to support the Fed's view of a strengthening labor market as the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week.
Most of Dow stocks in positive area (18 of 30). Top looser - UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH, -5.19%). Top gainer - The Coca-Cola Company (KO 2.02%).
Most of S&P index sectors also in positive area. Top looser - Consumer goods ( 0,6%). Top looser - Healthcare (-1.3%).
At the moment:
Dow 17691.00 2.00 0.01%
S&P 500 2077.50 -2.25 -0.11%
Nasdaq 100 4665.25 12.75 0.27%
Oil 41.56 -0.39 -0.93%
Gold 1081.50 12.80 1.20%
U.S. 10yr 2.23 -0.04