US STOCKS-Wall St cuts gains after Fed statement
* Fed puts December rate hike in play
* Apple rises after strong results
* Indexes up: Dow 0.1 pct, S&P 0.1 pct, Nasdaq 0.03 pct (Updates to after Fed statement)
By Caroline Valetkevitch
Oct 28 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were up slightly on Wednesday afternoon but sharply off earlier gains after the Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged but left the door open to tightening monetary policy at its next meeting in December.
The central bank downplayed global economic headwinds in its statement, but said it was still monitoring economic and financial developments abroad.
Stocks briefly traded in negative territory after the statement. Interest-rate sensitive utilities, down 1.8 percent, led S&P sector declines.
"We knew they weren't raising but they had to move away from dovish statement that focused on China and Asia last time and grease the skids for a December increase. We see a more hawkish statement than we saw six weeks ago," said Paul Schatz, president and chief investment officer at Heritage Capital in Woodbridge, Connecticut.
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