Wall Street extends losses; Nasdaq off 1 percent

NEW YORK Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:31am IST

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, February 19, 2013.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks extended losses on Wednesday following minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve that suggested the central bank may have to slow or stop buying assets before seeing a pickup in hiring.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 68.54 points, or 0.49 percent, at 13,967.13. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 13.14 points, or 0.86 percent, at 1,517.80. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 33.43 points, or 1.04 percent, at 3,180.16.

(Reporting by Angela Moon; Editing by Jan Paschal)

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