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Stocks drift lower after release of Fed minutes
Stocks drift lower after release of Fed minutes

Stocks closed lower for the first time this week as the market edged below the record high it set the day before. U.S. financial markets pulled back slightly from their most recent record highs Wednesday, ending lower for the first time this week. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index mostly hovered slightly below the all-time high closes set a day earlier. Investors sifted through a batch of favorable corporate earnings as they waited for the Federal Reserve to publish the minutes from its late-October policy meeting. Traders hoped to glean fresh insight into when the central bank will raise a benchmark interest rate that affects many consumer and...

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