US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St declines after Fed minutes

NEW YORK Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:11pm EST

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NEW YORK Feb 20 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday after minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve suggested the central bank may have to slow or stop buying assets before seeing a pickup in hiring.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 17.50 points, or 0.12 percent, to 14,018.17. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index dropped 7.12 points, or 0.47 percent, to 1,523.82. The Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 19.17 points, or 0.60 percent, to 3,194.43.

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