RPT-US STOCKS-Wall St ends lower after Fed statement, oil drop

miércoles 28 de enero de 2015 17:51 GYT

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* Fed says to keep "patient" approach on rates

* Energy shares fall U.S. crude futures lower

* Apple posts largest corporate profit in history

* Indexes down: Dow 1.13 pct, S&P 1.35 pct, Nasdaq 0.93 pct

By Sinead Carew

NEW YORK, Jan 28 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks closed down on Wednesday, driven by a sharp decline in the S&P 500 energy sector, after the Federal Reserve said the domestic economy was growing at a solid pace, signaling it remains on track to raise interest rates later this year.

Concluding their first policy-setting meeting of the year, Fed officials said they would be "patient" on raising rates as they looked past the urgent moves made by other central banks this month to boost their struggling economies.

The dollar strengthened further after the Fed statement, putting renewed pressure on oil, which dipped to its lowest level since early 2009. This pushed energy stocks down further.   Continuación...