NEW YORK (
) -- U.S. stocks were weak again Wednesday
as investors digested the minutes of the Federal Reserve's most recent policy meeting
Dow Jones Industrial Average
lost 49 points, or 0.39%, to 12,604.54. The blue-chip index has now fallen in five straight sessions, surrendering 2.6% over that stretch.
Breadth within the Dow, which is still up 3.2% so far in 2012 as of Wednesday's close, was negative with 21 of the 30 components posting losses.
The biggest percentage decliners were
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Shares of Boeing declined 2.32% to $71.52. The stock has fallen 2.49% year-to-date.
United Technologies shares lost 2.21% to $72.51. The stock has ticked down 58 cents, or 0.79%, year to date.
Written by Alexandra Zendrian in New York
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