The U.S. stock market got off to weak start this morning, but managed to pare its early losses, finishing selectively higher. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off five points; while the S&P 500 Index was roughly unchanged; and the technology-heavy NASDAQ was higher by 17 points.
The Federal Reserve concluded its latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting earlier this afternoon, and investors found few surprises either in what the lead bank did, or rather did not do, or in what it said following its latest get together.
Although the year has been notable for the major indexes hitting new all-time nominal highs, stocks have had a tough time staying in positive territory. Among the factors making up this year’s “wall of worry” have been low oil prices, debt woes in Greece, and the Federal Reserve’s imminent first step toward monetary tightening. As it pertains to the Dow Jones Industrial Averages, a 2.5% dip in June landed the index 1.3 percentage points in the red for the year to date. Meanwhile, the Dogs of the Dow have largely underperformed, beating their benchmark index in only two out of six months in the first half. June marked a second-consecutive month of losses for the mutts. But, on the whole, they were not trailing by an exceedingly wide margin at the half.