Stocks saw a slightly higher start Wednesday ahead of the conclusion of a Federal Reserve meeting that's expected to leave interest rates unchanged but potentially signal that policy makers are moving toward an eventual rate cut. The S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.28% rose 0.1% to 2,921.55, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.09% gained 45.98 points or 0.2%, to 26,511.52. The Nasdaq Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +0.40% was up 0.2% at 7,966.58. The Fed decision is due at 2 p.m. Eastern, followed by Chairman Jerome Powell's news conference at 2:30 p.m.
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Dow grinds toward records as investors await crucial Fed decision