(CNBC) — U.S. stocks closed mixed Wednesday after the Fed statement and major earnings reports. Gains in shares of Apple countered declines in Coca-Cola.
"I didn't get the feeling it was dovish or hawkish. It was kind of neutral, really," said John Caruso, senior market strategist at RJO Futures. "It seemed like they upgraded the economy but they didn't say they were ready to move forward on raising interest rates."
The Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 closed a mildly lower. The Nasdaq composite outperformed, helped by gains in Apple. The stock closed nearly 6.6 percent higher, its best day since April 2014 after reporting better-than-expected earnings. The firm also gave strong current-quarter revenue guidance and posted iPhone and iPad shipments above estimates.
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