Stocks end mostly lower on Wall Street a day after surge; Facebook slumps as Zuckerberg sells

12/19/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Stocks closed mostly lower on Wall Street a day after hitting their latest record high.

Long-term interest rates and the dollar rose after the Federal Reserve said it would reduce its bond purchases.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell a point, or 0.06 percent, to 1,809 today.

The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 11 points, or 0.07 percent, to 16,179. The Nasdaq composite fell 12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,058.

Dividend-rich utilities stocks fell the most.

Facebook fell 1 percent after saying it would sell 70 million shares, including more than 41 million held by founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.93 percent.

Gold fell below $1,200 an ounce, the lowest in three years.