US STOCKS-Wall St edges lower as Fed minutes offer few clues on rates

miércoles 19 de noviembre de 2014 17:26 GYT

* Policymakers in vigorous debate on inflation

* Goldman sees Fed raising rates faster than market expectations

* Lowe's, Target shares rise after results

* Indexes down: Dow 0.01 pct, S&P 0.2 pct, Nasdaq 0.6 pct (Updates to close)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, Nov 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged lower on Wednesday as minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting gave investors few new clues as to when U.S. interest rates may rise.

The S&P 500 snapped a two-day streak of record closing highs.

Minutes of the U.S. central bank's Oct. 28-29 meeting, where policymakers decided to finally end their bond-buying stimulus, indicated a debate among policymakers over the outlook for inflation and the economy.

"The market doesn't really know how to react to this, whether it's a hawkish or dovish statement, but the reality is I think it's a truthful statement that we are in a very interesting spot with both headwinds and tailwinds facing this economy," said Burt White, managing director and chief investment officer at LPL Financial in Boston.   Continuación...