Though eurozone issues have settled down in recent weeks, Standard & Poor's raised its rating late Tuesday on Greece to B minus from selective default. The ratings agency said it elevated the country's rating because eurozone nations had exhibited a strong commitment to keep Greece as a euro-currency member.

Gold mining stocks were mostly lower on Wednesday. Shares of Eldorado Gold ( EGO) were decreasing 2.6%, and shares of Royal Gold ( RGLD) were shedding 1.8%.

Among volume leaders, Yamana Gold ( AUY) was tacking on 0.06%, while Barrick Gold ( ABX) was off 0.38%.

Gold ETF SPDR Gold Trust ( GLD) was ticking slightly lower by 0.32%, while iShares Gold Trust ( IAU) was down 0.32%.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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