US STOCKS-Wall St flat ahead of Fed minutes

miércoles 6 de abril de 2016 10:01 GYT

* Fed March meeting minutes due at 2pm ET

* Crude up more than 2 pct

* Dow down 0.14 pct, S&P flat, Nasdaq up 0.16 pct (Updates to open)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

April 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's March meeting on monetary policy.

Losses were limited by a 2 percent rise in crude oil, which propped up energy stocks.

Investors, who have been grappling with mixed signals on interest rates from Fed officials, will parse the minutes to gain insight into the central bank's thinking on the economy. The minutes are due at 2 p.m. ET (1600 GMT).

While Fed Chair Janet Yellen has taken a cautious stance, some officials have supported an aggressive plan to raise rates as data points to resilience in the U.S. economy.

"The market is back to its original conundrum, which is 'where is the growth?,'" said Kevin Caron, market strategist at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co in Florham Park, New Jersey.   Continuación...