NEW YORK — Stocks are mixed in midday trading as prospects for a budget deal and more signs of a U.S. recovery suggest that the Federal Reserve may wind down its support for the economy.
The Dow Jones industrial average was down 83 points, or 0.5 percent, to 15,762 at noon Thursday. The Dow has fallen seven of the last nine days.
Aramark President and CEO Eric Foss, left, and Hilton Worldwide CEO Christopher Nassetta, exchange business cards after both companys' IPOs began trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. is the world's largest hotel group, with 665,667 rooms across 90 countries and territories. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell four points, or 0.2 percent, at 1,778. The Nasdaq composite rose a point to 4,004.
The four-week average number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits edged up to about where it was before the recession. Also, U.S. shoppers increased their spending last month.
Facebook rose 4 percent after the stock was added to the S&P 500 index. Lululemon plunged 11 percent after forecasting weak sales.
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