NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed lower Wednesday on news that several Federal Reserve policymakers favored cutting back on stimulus programs as early as June if the economy continues to improve.
The release of minutes of the Fed's April 30-May 1 meeting reversed a surge earlier in the day.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 80 points to 15,307, a loss of 0.5 percent. It had risen 154 points after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress it was too early to cut back on the Fed's bond-buying program.
The Standard & Poor's 500 fell 13 points to 1,655, or 0.8 percent. The Nasdaq composite fell 38 points to 3,463, or 1.1 percent.
Three stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was heavy at 4.3 billion shares.
Earlier in the day, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said it was too soon for the central bank to pull back on its stimulus programs. That sent stocks broadly higher. Investors were also encouraged that sales of previously-occupied homes rose last month to the highest level in 3 years.