NEW YORK — Stocks are ending little changed as investors wait to see if the Federal Reserve will decide to start dialing back its stimulus or not.
The Dow Jones industrial average eased nine points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 15,875.26 Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down five points, or 0.3 percent, at 1,781. The Nasdaq composite fell five points, or 0.1 percent, at 4,023.68
In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 photo, specialist William Geier, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Investors took to the sidelines Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, a day ahead of a key policy decision from the U.S. Federal Reserve that may see the central bank reduce its massive monetary stimulus. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Recent good news on the U.S. economy could increase the likelihood that the Fed decides to pull back on its huge bond-buying program as early as this week.
Frontier Communications surged 38 cents, or 8 percent, to $4.78 after the company agreed to acquire AT&T's fixed-line business in Connecticut for about $2 billion.
Delta Air Lines fell 98 cents, or 4 percent, to $26.94.
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