US STOCKS-Wall St near flat; banks, energy shares slip

miércoles 12 de noviembre de 2014 15:24 GYT

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By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, Nov 12 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were nearly even on Wednesday afternoon, pausing after a series of record highs in the Dow and S&P 500, while financial shares lost ground after global regulators fined five major banks.

Energy shares also dipped along with oil prices. Shares of Exxon Mobil were down 0.9 percent.

The banks, including UBS AG , HSBC Holdings Plc and Citigroup Inc, were fined $3.4 billion for failing to stop their traders from trying to manipulate the foreign exchange market.

Citigroup, which will pay $1.02 billion to settle the probe, dipped 0.8 percent, while JPMorgan Chase, which is also facing a penalty, fell 1.5 percent and was among the biggest drags on the S&P 500. The S&P financial index lost 0.4 percent.

The Dow and S&P 500 had closed at record highs for a fifth session on Tuesday. The S&P 500 marked its 40th new closing high of the year, versus 45 in 2013. The last five-day streak of record highs was in May 2013, and the next longest was eight days in June 1997.   Continuación...