US STOCKS-Wall St holds steady after Fed minutes

miércoles 12 de octubre de 2016 14:56 GYT

* Expectations for rate hike unchanged after Fed minutes

* Humana biggest loser of S&P 500

* Cybersecurity stocks fall after Fortinet cuts forecasts

* Indexes up: Dow 0.25 pct, S&P 0.28 pct, Nasdaq 0.07 pct (Updates after Fed minutes released)

By Sinead Carew

Oct 12 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average indexes held their modest gains on Wednesday after U.S. Federal Reserve meeting minutes did little to clarify expectations on the timing for its next interest rate hikes.

Several voting policymakers judged a rate hike would be warranted "relatively soon" if the U.S. economy continued to strengthen, according to the September policy meeting.

"There's nothing new from the Fed and earnings are coming soon so investors are going to see what earnings look like before they buy more stocks," said Steve Massocca, Chief Investment Officer, Wedbush Equity Management LLC in San Francisco.

Traders have priced in small odds of a rate increase in November as the meeting falls days ahead of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. The odds rise to about 70 percent for a move in December, according to the CME Group's FedWatch tool.   Continuación...