STOCKS FALL: Here's What You Need To Know

Fog beach ocean calm hazyREUTERS/Rafael MarchanteA relative waits as naval policemen continue their search for five missing persons at Meco beach, near Sesimbra, December 16, 2013.

Stocks made modest moves as the Federal Reserve began its two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

First, the scoreboard:

  • Dow: 15,874.6 (-9.8, -0.0%)

  • S&P 500: 1,780.9 (-5.5, -0.3%)
  • Nasdaq: 4,023.6 (-5.8, -0.1%)

And now the top stories:

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