Stocks Deepen Losses on Fed's Remarks About Stimulus
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Major U.S. equity indices posted deeper losses Wednesday after the Federal Reserve's minutes from its January meeting suggested many officials are open to changing its stimulus program. Fresh data for housing starts and the producer price index already had sent stocks down.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average wrapped up the trading day down 108 points, or 0.8%, to 13,928.
Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan's 2012 pay totaled some $12 million, including $11.1 million in restricted shares. The bank chief earned $7 million in 2011. Shares slid 3.3%.
Boeing engineers accepted a new four-year contract, but technical workers voted to authorize a future strike as they rejected the contract offer. The news comes amid Boeing's troubles with the battery on its Dreamliner jets. The company has discovered a fix to the problem, Reuters reported. Shares added 0.2% on Wednesday.
Trade volume was heavy on the New York Stock Exchange at 4.19 billion shares, while it totaled 1.99 billion shares on the Nasdaq. Decliners were ahead of advancing issues by a 3.3-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 3.6-to-1 ratio on the tech-heavy index.
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The Commerce Department said Wednesday that U.S. housing starts printed at 890,000 for January, an 8.5% decrease from an upwardly revised 973,000 reported in December. A consensus among analysts was looking for an increase of 914,000.