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American equity markets advance following FOMC leak

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Following an otherwise premature leak of the vaunted FOMC minutes Wednesday, the US Stock markets were seen trading positively - with the S&P at all time highs. Beginning with the indices and composites, the NASDAQ rose +0.61% as it settles in region of 3257.97, up +19.90 points in these moments. In addition, the S&P 500 is trading in negative territory, operating at 1575.55, ascending +7.05 points or +0.45% at the time of writing. Finally, the Dow Jones has edged higher at the opening, trading in the zone of 14739.32, presently +0.45% after a movement of +65.86 points.

Sectors are mostly positive at the opening, with the exception of the Basic Materials sector, which has distinguished itself as main loser thus far, falling -0.13%. In other news, the price of crude has settled above USD $93.94/bbl Wednesday.

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